We protest the use of the Providence College campus for this public demonstration of weapons of war. As Catholic Christians, we protest the arms race in general and the Nike display in particular as part of an inherently immoral policy.
We stand with other concerned citizens -- both Christian and non-Christian -- to give public witness that the arms race is barbaric and immoral, barbaric because it exalts physical violence over reason, and immoral because evil means are used which are completely out of proportion to the ends.
The arms race is barbaric because it promotes distrust and irreverence for other men as well as for ourselves, and denies the brotherhood of men. If we truly believe that all men are united in the Mystical Body of Christ, then all war is fraticidal; and all preparation for and promotion of war mocks thee pacific principles of Christianity.
Not only is the arms race immoral, it is technically unfeasible. As Jerome Wiesner and Herbert F. York, former military-scientific advisors to the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, state in the October, 1964 issue of Scientific American:
"If the great powers continue to look for solutions in the area of science and technology only, the result will be to worsen the situation. The clearly predictable course of the arms race is a steady open spiral downward into oblivion."
We fail to see why an institution committed to the Christian faith would sponsor a display which promotes the spirit of war and mistrust. We invite you to stand with us.
Stephen Fortunato, Jr.
for P.C. Students Against the Arms Race
For further information as to what you can do to express your opposition to the arms race and militarism, contact:
The Catholic Worker, 175 Chrystie Street, New York, New York 10002
New England Committee for Nonviolent Action, RFD #1, Box 197B, Voluntown, Conn.