Wasn't He a Sniper? Mister Rogers and Peace in the Neighborhood

December 24, 2014 8:04 PM

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Fred Rogers was not a Navy Seal sniper with thirty confirmed kills during the Vietnam War. Nor was he a Marine who hid his death-dealing skills by presenting himself as a kind and gentle soul. Although it's easy to find these claims on the Internet, the real truth is that Rogers was a pacifist who fashioned Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a platform for sharing his countercultural beliefs about nonviolence.

Rogers opposed the Vietnam War, and in the very first week his program went national in 1968, he broadcast a story about Lady Aberlin and Daniel Striped Tiger successfully resisting King Friday's plans to prepare the Neighborhood of Make-Believe for war. "Isn't peace wonderful?" Mister Rogers asks h...

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