Magazine article Anglican Journal

War Memorial Protesters Arrested for Trespassing

Magazine article Anglican Journal

War Memorial Protesters Arrested for Trespassing

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DIANE PAQUETTE

STAFF WRITER

Three pacifists, including a retired Anglican priest, were arrested on a recent Sunday for trespassing near the war memorial at St. Paul's Bloor Street, Toronto.

Rev. Dan Heap, an Anglican priest and former New Democrat MP in Toronto, Rev. Bob Holmes, a Roman Catholic priest and Leonard Desroches, a Roman Catholic layman, have been trying to get the church to change the sword on the war memorial into a plowshare.

The trio also wants all churches to denounce the so-called just war doctrine-a test used to determine if war is justified under biblical teaching. The group claims war is never justified.

The idea of changing the sword into a farm tool comes from Isaiah 2:4, "they shall beat their swords into plowshares."

When the men arrived at the church on Oct. 4, they were warned by the wardens not to enter the area near the war memorial, which is fenced off from the sidewalk. …

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