Four US churchwomen remembered
Sunday, December 2, is the 27th anniversary of the murder of the four US churchwomen in El Salvador. The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 381, sponsored by Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin among others, which commemorated their lives:
Whereas on December 2, 1980, four churchwomen from the United States, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, and Cleveland Lay Mission Team Member Jean Donovan, were violated and executed by members of the National Guard of El Salvador;
Whereas in 1980, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford were working in the parish of the Church of San Juan Bautista in Chalatenango, El Salvador, providing food, transportation, and other assistance to refugees, and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Cleveland Lay Mission Team Member Jean Donovan were working in the parish of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in La Libertad, El Salvador, providing assistance and support to refugees and other victims of violence;
Whereas these four churchwomen from the United States dedicated their lives to working with the poor of El Salvador, especially women and children left homeless, displaced, and destitute by the civil war in El Salvador;***
Whereas December 2, 2007, marks the 27th anniversary of the deaths of these four spiritual, courageous, and generous churchwomen from the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) remembers and commemorates the lives and work of Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, and Dorothy Kazel and lay missionary Jean Donovan;
(2) extends sympathy and support for the families, friends, and religious communities of these four churchwomen from the United States;
(3) continues to find inspiration in the lives and work of these four churchwomen from the United States;
(4) calls upon the people of the United States and religious congregations to participate in local, national, and international events commemorating the 27th anniversary of the martyrdom of these four churchwomen from the United States;
(5) recognizes that while progress has been made in El Salvador during the post-civil war period, the work begun by these four churchwomen from the United States remains unfinished and social and economic hardships persist among many sectors of El Salvador society; and
(6) calls upon the President, the Secretary of State, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and the heads of other United States Government agencies to continue to support and collaborate with the Government of El Salvador and with private sector, nongovernmental, regional, international, and religious organizations in their efforts to reduce poverty and hunger and to promote educational opportunity, health care, and social equity for the people of El Salvador.
Don't forget that just one year ago, Tony Saca and his ARENA congress tried to honor death squad leader and creator, Roberto D'aubuisson "Hijo Meritisimo de El Salvador".
Tell that to the families of the slained Mariknoll nuns.
A plain law which can be revoked at any time by simple majority.
Been checking the Assembly files to see how many times in the last 14 years the FMLN has presented legislation to revoke this law. Let's see:
Sorry, no cheap political points for you today. I seem to recall the FMLN butchered and tortured a bunch of people from 1971 and onwards, and they would not want to be prosecuted for that.
Democracy begins with me and you,
el-visitor, it would appear that person totally supports the rape and murder of these four women, on the grounds that their peaceful christian lives were somehow threatening the government and military of ES.
Reading comprehension issues, have you?
All I said is that never has any law ever been introduced in the Assembly to revoke the inmunity currently granted to people who may have ordered the murder of the nuns.
Not by the FMLN that started kidnapping, torturing, and murdering innocent civilians in February 1971, and not by ARENA, and not by the Christian Democrats, and certainly not PCN.
"Not by the FMLN that started kidnapping, torturing, and murdering innocent civilians in February 1971, and not by ARENA, [whose founder is accused of ___] and not by the Christian Democrats, and certainly not PCN [who is accused of ___]"
I would add that never has any law been introduced to investigate the most serious human rights violations that are alleged, especially not by those who claim that they never occurred.