For young Anya, the red tie (a symbol of Communism) was so much associated with denying God that she grew up viewing it as the equivalent to a ticket to hell. Year after year at school, she had seen the eighth graders receive the red emblem. Each year, it struck new terror into her heart. She had decided that, no matter what the consequences would be, she would never wear that dreaded red tie.
But, what would you do if you were mocked and scorned publicly for not wearing the red tie? Read what happened to Anya in "No Red Tie for Me, Please!"
"Take the gun! If you let it fall, I will punish you serverely!" The officer forced the rifle into Ioan's hands.
Ioan kept his arms limp. The officer had taken Ioan's hadns, placed the gun in them, and curved his own hands around Ioan's.
Slowly, the officer released his own hadns. The gun began to slide through Ioan's hands toward the floor.
"Hold the gun!" The words came o ut loudly, strong and forceful.
Praying silently, Ioan continued to let the rifle slide. At lthe last possible moment, the officer grabbed the gun. Reversing the rifle so its stock was turned toward Ioan, he struck the young man on the shoulder.
What would you do? Read the story "Take the Gun!" to find out what Ioan did.
SUMMARY: They Would Not Be Moved by Harvey Yoder