Today is the 49th Anniversary
of my PAROLE from Federal prison. (1967-69)
In French, "parole" means 'word of honor'.
In effect, a prisoner promises the authorities they will be honorable.
In 1967, I violated the U.S. Military Training and Service Act.
About 25,000 Draft age Americans simply ran away to Canada.
I did NOT run. I stayed and gave my 'witness."
in the early days of Christianity, military service wasn’t a moral issue because Jews (and by default, Jewish converts to Christianity) weren’t permitted to join the imperial Roman army.
During World War I, pacifists were imprisoned in places like Fort Lewis, Alcatraz or Fort Leavenworth, or classified as mentally ill.
Not until 1940 were Conscientious Objectors who refused to be part of the military as non-combatants finally offered alternate service as firefighters in Washington State or in menial jobs in psychiatric hospitals.
I was sentenced to work in a psychiatric hospital.
My religious leaders privately counseled me to refuse.
Consequently, I was imprisoned.
IRONICALLY, in Seagoville Federal Correction Institution, I was assigned the duty of FIREMAN.
I also did on-site construction (i.e. destruction of rocks), worked in the Dental Clinic, the Chief Mechanical Services as a draughtsman along with 40 other JW's.
49 years later, I have lost touch with every single one of my fellow JW's. Probably most are dead, disfellowshipped or still faithfully waiting on Armageddon.
I've become an anti-Witness activist and wrote 2 books concerning mind-control in religious cults.
Today's Anniversary is a day of solemn reflection for me.
Amazon book titles: I Wept by the Rivers of Babylon
The Monorails of Mars by Terry Edwin Walstrom)