Gandhi: I want to welcome you all. Every one of you. We have no secrets.
Let us begin by being clear about General Smuts' new law: All Indians must now be fingerprinted, like criminals, men and women.
No marriage, other than a Christian marriage, is considered valid. Under this Act, our wives and mothers are whores, and every man here is a bastard.
And our policemen, passing an Indian dwelling -- I will not call them homes -- may enter and demand the card of any Indian woman whose dwelling it is. Understand, he does not have to stand at the door. He may simply enter.
Audience Member #1: I will not allow it.
Audience Member #2: I swear to Allah: I'll kill the man who offers that insult to my home and my wife. And, let them hang me.
Audience Member #3: I say, talk means nothing! Kill a few officials before they disgrace one Indian woman! Then, they might think twice about such laws!
Audience Member #4: In that cause, I would be willing to die!!
Gandhi: I praise such courage. I need such courage because in this cause I, too, am prepared to die. But, my friend, there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. Whatever they do to us, we will attack no one, kill no one, but we will not give our fingerprints -- not one of us.
They will imprison us, and they will fine us. They will seize our possessions, but they cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Audience Member #5: Have you been to prison?! They beat us and torture us!
Gandhi: I am asking you to fight! To fight against their anger, not to provoke it. We will not strike a blow, but we will receive them. And through our pain we will make them see their injustice, and it will hurt - as all fighting hurts. But we cannot lose. We cannot. They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then, they will have my dead body - not my obedience.
Ah, yes. Brilliant. "I praise such courage. I need such courage because in this cause I, too, am prepared to die, but, my friend, there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill." If only these mass murderers had believed similarly.
Indeed, if only.
Give peace a chance.