When George H. W. Bush was Vice President, he was sent to represent the United Sates at the funeral of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
According to Gary Thomas who related the story in Christianity Today, Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow
Mrs. Brezhnev’s stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev’s wife performed an act of great courage and hope, a gesture that must surely rank as one of the most profound acts of civil disobedience ever committed: She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her husband’s chest. Continue reading