I Didn't Know God Made Honky Tonk Communists / Edition 1

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he framed photo on the cover of the book is on display in the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. It shows the author burning his draft card in New York City on October 15, 1965, the first person to do so after a law was passed specifically prohibiting destruction of draft cards.

David Miller's concise and provocative memoir takes us up the ladder of the sound truck and reveals the spiritual/political motivation behind his historic act. At the time, a Catholic pacifist and recent college ballplayer, Mr. Miller's narrative continues with his trial, the Supreme Court case, and eventual imprisonment.

Not long ago, the combination of a life of ballplaying, nonviolent activism, the practice of witchcraft, and a trip to the Mayan sacred ballcourts in Central America conspired to reveal the underlying sexual meaning of our ballgame culture. Just as the blood ball game of the Mayans usurped the creation powers of women and nature and then hid these powers in a ballgame controlled by shaman kings, our ballgames of football, basketball, and baseball also usurp the creation symbols of life and hide them in a male dominated liturgical year of ballgames that define our culture.

Mr. Miller concludes his memoir with symbolic tools, rituals, and a sacred dance that can help us move from our patriarchal sacrificial ballgame warrior culture to a dance of peace, justice and sexual harmony with the earth, sun, moon, stars and one another.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587900099
  • Publisher: Regent Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: FIRST EDITION
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface i
Part 1 The Draft And The American War In Vietnam 1
The draft card burning 3
Spirit 19
Politics 25
Catholic worker 35
The trial 47
Farm life/city life 57
The Supreme Court decision 73
Prison 85
The lessons of Vietnam 111
Part 2 From Torch To Wand 125
New york, london, new york 127
The end of civilization *as archaeologists know it 141
San francisco 157
Part 3 The Tale Of 18 Rabbit 175
Night flight 177
The rabbit king 185
Popol Vuh 203
Part 4 A Whole New Ballgame 265
The round top 267
The ballgame ritual/myth 273
Patriarchy: who, what, where, when, how and why? 285
A new ballgame dance 293
Addendum: Brigid promise 299
Acknowledgements 309
Bibliography 313
Permissions 317
Index 319
This Just In 329
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