Thanks to these citizens for sharing their thoughts through the Knoxville News Sentinel. The quotes below are only excerpts — click the links to read the full articles.
The recent verdict of guilty in the Transform Now Plowshares case is a miscarriage of justice. All evidence presented at the trial showed incontestably that the three protesters are deeply committed to nonviolence and that all their symbolic actions were nonviolent, intended to bring a message of peace and healing to the bomb plant. … The defendants clearly felt they were following the path of Jesus, who preached peace and abhorred violence. The Prince of Peace was also accused of sabotaging the Roman Empire.
Petition is both a noun and a verb. … If a nun shows up at a government fence with a bottle of wine, some bread and blood to give a message to the government about not bombing innocent children with really bad bombs, she is delivering a petition. … You don’t violate her First Amendment rights because the federal government has ineffective personnel policies.