. . . And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters” and into the dome God put
the poor, the addicts, the blind and the oppressed. God put the unsightly sick and the crying young
into the dome and the dry land did not appear. And God allowed those who favored themselves
born in God’s image to take dominion over the dome and everything that creeped within it
and made them to walk to and fro above it in their jumbo planes and in their copy rooms
and in their conference halls. And then God brooded over the dome and its multitudes
and God saw God’s own likeness in the shattered tiles and the sweltering heat and the polluted rain.
God saw everything and chose to make it very good. God held the dome up to the light
like an open locket and in every manner called the others to look inside and those who saw
rested on that day and those who didn’t went to and fro and walked up and down
the marsh until the loosened silt gave way to a void, and darkness covered the faces with deep sleep.
Study war no more
Mar 18, 2011
Michael Izbicki grew up in a nondenominational church in California. A National Merit Scholarship finalist, he chose to go to the U.S. Naval Academy out of a sense of duty to his country during a time of war. At the naval academy he began to doubt whether the career to which he had committed himself could be squared with the tenets of just war doctrine. He got in trouble when he responded no to this exam question: "If given the order, would you launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead?" After a four-year legal battle, the navy discharged him as a conscientious objector. Izbicki may have to reimburse the service for part or all of his education (New York Times, February 22).