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A monologue from the play by Steven Dietz
ACTOR SIX (twenties)
“God’s Country” deals with the real-life story of a white supremacist organization called “The Order” that committed several crimes to support their racist acts.
Taking place in 1983 their crime spree included robbery, counterfeiting, and the murder of Jewish talk show host Allan Berg. Throughout the course of the play, unnamed characters provide insight into the making of a white supremacist.
Here, a woman shares her memory of the day that JFK was shot, and it’s evident that protestant fundamentalism was already playing a large role in her life.
When President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed, I was six years old. My Sunday school teacher was named Mr. Oswald. This confused me. I was confused because this man had shot the President,
but was allowed to lead my Sunday school class in prayer. I thought someone would say something. I thought one of the parishioners would say: You know, since Mr. Oswald shot the President,
perhaps he should not be on our payroll any longer. But he was there. John 3:16. John 3:16 He was always very nice during Sunday school. He had a soft voice and crooked teeth and he let us eat pretzels.
He looked different than he did on television. As the next Sunday approached, I was worried because I hadn’t learned the Bible passage I’d been assigned. Instead, I was sitting on the floor of my parents’ bedroom,
holding my baby brother, watching television. I saw Mr. Oswald. I saw Mr. Oswald being taken away in handcuffs. I thought, maybe I won’t have to learn my Bible passage. Then he got shot.
I watched it. They said he was dead. I laid my baby brother on the bed and I learned my Bible passage by heart. And the following Sunday, Mr. Oswald was there again, teaching us how to pray.
Still no one said anything: You know, since Mr. Oswald shot and killed the President and then was gunned down on national television, maybe he should be relieved of his Sunday school duties.
But he was there. John 3:16. John 3:16. To this day, I believe in eternal life.