American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Romero" (1989)


Archbishop Oscar Romero Orders the Army to Stop the Repression of the People

Audio mp3 delivered by Raul Julia


RomeroI'd like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army.

Brothers, each one of you is one of us.

We are the same People.

The farmers and peasants that you kill are your own brothers and sisters.


When you hear the words of a man telling you to kill --

Think instead in the words of God:

                   "Thou shalt not kill!"


No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the Law of God.

In His Name and in the name of our tormented people who have suffered so much, and whose laments cry out to heaven:

I implore you!

I beg you!

I ORDER you!!


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