Sunday, 17 April 2016

When conscience leads a Christian to Prison

When conscience leads you to prison

It seems to me that disobedience to law on the grounds of religious conviction is perfectly appropriate, provided those who engage in such civil disobedience are willing to face the consequence of being charged and tried in a Civil Court, or by a quasi-judicial body?

Such was the case in my home city of Bristol. U.K for Walter Ayles, a Christian, a Socialist, and a Conscientious Objector during World War I.  Please read about this story here, and do take time to reflect on the transcript of the court room proceedings and Ayles' powerful  testimony.


See picture below.  Note how the U.K. propagandists during WWI  portray the German Solider as a blood thirsty brute, and the Conscientious Objector  as an effeminate ninny.

1 comment:

  1. Did you ever watch the episode of Dad's Army where Private Godfrey was revealed as a conchie, only for the real story to be told that he was a stretcher bearer who had won the MM for rescuing men under fire? Episode called Branded.