“Crazy Like Jesus”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI:
“Crazy Like Jesus”

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While the Catonsville Nine began to grapple with the next phase of their witness—the legal proceedings that would provide them with a public platform to voice further their opposition to war, imperialism, and injustice—their contemporaries tried to come to terms with what had happened at Local Board 33 on the afternoon of May 17. For some, the Catonsville protest merited high praise. Dan Finnerty, a dedicated student activist at the University of Pennsylvania, characterized the Nine as fanatical—but, in his book, that wasn't necessarily an epithet, given the times. “These people are crazy,” he wrote. “Crazy like Jesus. Crazy like Che Guevara. Crazy like all of us said we would be had we lived in Germany under Hitler.” Not everyone, though, was quite as enthusiastic about what the Catonsville Nine had done. In Catonsville itself, there was a mixed reaction to the protest at the draft office on Frederick Road.

Keywords: Catonsville Nine; activists; Dan Finnerty; Local Board 33

Chapter.  7249 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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