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Project Unspeakable

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Review by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Like many Affiliates, I have an indelible memory of hearing that President Kennedy had been shot. On November 22, 2013, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, we and people across the country, including some at the SOA Watch Vigil in Columbus GA, attended Readers Theater performances of Project Unspeakable. ProjectUnspeakable.org was inspired by the Orbis hardcover book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass.

 

The Simon and Schuster website for the paperback version of JFK and the Unspeakable warns, “He chose peace. They marked him for death.” Jim Douglass explains that the term “unspeakable” comes from the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. In the soul-shaking events of the 60s, “Merton sensed an evil whose depth and deceit seemed to go beyond the capacity of words to describe.”

Project Unspeakable highlights similarities between the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Robert Kennedy, all of which occurred within a period of 5 years, 1963 to 1968. Whether there are direct connections between these assassinations or not, evil is present today and there are still powers that respect no limits. I note the pattern of the American use of guns and violence. 

Project Unspeakable supports and encourages further performances of their script and conversations about the unspeakable. Details are at their web site.

Margot Adler aired a segment on NPR about Project Unspeakable on Nov. 30, 2014: http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=Project+Unspeakable&dateId=0&programId=0

 

 

 

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