Sister Megan Rice of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity was reportedly found guilty of two felonies related to her breaking into a nuclear weapons production facility in Tennessee.
Sentencing for the Villanova and Boston College graduate is expected to take place later this week. Sister Megan could face up to thirty year in the joint. In the past, she’s spent 6 months in jail for her “protests.
It seems that Sister, along with two other “activists” cut through the chain link fence, illegally entered the property, caused damage to the tune of over $1,000. And reportedly splashed human blood on the walls.Some little bit of good news is that she painted biblical messages on the walls of the building which holds 400 tons of highly enriched uranium.
In the pre-dawn hours of July 28, 2012, the three defendants hiked over a wooded ridge and were able to enter the site unimpeded because of a series of deficient security measures, including inoperable security cameras and an alarm system inundated by routine false alarms. The intrusion triggered a two-week shutdown of operations at Y-12 — a Department of Energy site that is overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration and operated and managed by private contractors — and prompted four congressional hearings on nuclear security and a shake up in the U.S. nuclear security enterprise.
Hilariously, the Washington Post wrote a piece on Sister Megan and her two co-defendants called “The Prophets of Oak Ridge.” The New York Times called their story “A Nun’s Bold Fervor.”
Now, I’m just wondering here but do you think she’d receive similar adulation if she’d broke into an abortion clinic and painted the walls with blood?
Exit question: Why is the Vatican picking on the nuns?