YEAR 8: FOR Chicago Chapter promoting active nonviolence at Cornerstone through the I Will Not Kill campaign

YEAR 8: FOR Chicago Chapter promoting active nonviolence at Cornerstone through the I Will Not Kill campaign

By Sam Smith
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 11:57pm

YEAR 8: FOR Chicago Chapter promoting active nonviolence at Cornerstone through the I Will Not Kill campaign

July 2011 was the seventh consecutive year that the Chicago Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation exhibited in the main merchandise tents at the Cornerstone Music Festival.  

At times, this message of peace and nonviolence was not received well. Accusations from festival-goers to I Will NOTKill advocate Sam Smith that his advocacy of nonviolence made him a terrorist, equal to or surpassing of the 9/11 terrorists — together with one festival-goer’s statement that organizations such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation are tremendously naive because “Some people just need killing!” — were hard to hear.

At other times, teenagers ran breathlessly into the exhibit tent, coming to the I Will NOT Kill display and stating that they agreed with the I Will NOT KillStatement….. and had never realized before that a Christian could actually be a pacifist and still be in line with the teachings of the Bible.


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