View Full Version : Moral Dissenter takes picket line to God.

Ian McColgin
05-28-2004, 09:56 AM
David Dellinger died. He was 88.

Dellinger was the elder, in his mid-fifties at the time, of the Chicago 8 (later 7). While he was the one who calmed and brought moral discipline to the other defendants, his articulate calm was also the thing the most enraged Judge Hoffman.

Dellinger was the Yale Phi Beta Kappa son of a wealthy attorney who had the beginnings of a religious experience when he witnessed the Spanish Civil war. By the time WWII had started, he was a radical religious pacifist. So radical that he would not accept the style of deferrment offered to Quakers and Menonites and such.

Spent much of the war in jail and has numerouse anti-war arrests in the half century since.

Even folk who find his stand wrong cannot help but be impressed by his moving autobiography, "From Yale to Jail: The Life of a Moral Dissenter."

What's his face from 'Inside the Actor's Studio has a question about what you'd like to hear God say when you get to heaven. For Dellinger it would be:

"You don't have a permit for this assembly."

Jack Heinlen
05-28-2004, 10:43 AM
I don't know much about Mr. Dellinger, but anyone willing to be locked up for their principles is worthy of a bow.


05-28-2004, 11:18 AM