In July 2012, Sister Megan Rice, aged 82 years and a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, along with two accomplices, broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee where they hung antinuclear banners and spray-painted slogans on the walls of a warehouse used to store uranium. Sister Rice served 2 years in prison for the protest against the U.S. nuclear weapons program. Four years later on the other side of the globe, 500 Buddhist Nuns from the Drukpa order cycled a 4,000-kilometer route from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Leh, India, to protest human trafficking in the region.

Religion has long played a significant role in various movements for social change, and religious leaders and clergy have often used their moral standing in ...

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