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Lancaster Peace Fest

Violence doesn't work


“We say today, war and violence don’t work. War and violence are a dead end. War and violence are not the way toward a peaceful world. War and violence are not the will of the God of peace,” John Dear told a crowd of about 300 Sept. 24 in Binn’s Park as part of the Lancaster Peace Fest, according to Lancaster Online.

Dear was keynote speaker who wants America to avoid a war with North Korea, eliminate its entire military budget and use that money to feed starving children and shelter immigrants. “War and violence are sinful, immoral, illegal (and) just downright impractical. The time has come for a new culture of peace and nonviolence,” he said.

Dear, 58, is a Catholic priest, author and speaker who’s been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and arrested 85 times for protesting, once serving a year in jail, according to Lancaster Online.

Lancaster Peace Fest is a celebration of peace, justice, and nonviolence and all those who are working for a more peaceful and just world. It's a free, family-friendly community event from the Peace Action Network of Lancaster.