To commemorate the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima, the Federation of American Scientists invited FAS members and experts to submit an opinion or reminiscence of Hiroshima and its lasting impacts for nuclear security and safety. FAS also invites you to comment on these perspectives at the bottom of the page.
MVPJ's Dick Duda contributed to the artricle now on the FAS site. Click here to read his and other perspectives.
Two anniversaries remind us of the terrible threat that nuclear weapons still pose to all peoples -- the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 and the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis in late October. The former reminds us of the inhumanity of war, and the latter reminds us of how close we came to ending civilization and perhaps all life on earth.
From Daoism to Islam, Hinduism to Judaism, Roman Catholic to Unitarian Universalist, click here to read a hopeful array of faith based statements on nuclear disarmament. These statements were collected by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby in the Public Interest. The site also includes statements from many branches of the Christian tradition, including the National Association of Evangelicals, along with several ecumenical and interfaith organizations.
For example, Roman Catholic Archbishop Renato Marino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, insists, "Nuclear weapons cannot be justified and deserve condemnation." The 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions asserted, "The threat posed to humanity and all other forms of life by the sheer destructioness of nuclear weapons presents an unacceptable risk for this and future generations. This unacceptable risk presents a moral imperative for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Visit the Friends Committee on National Legislation's website to read the complete text of all of these strongs statements of faith and ethical mandates for life.
Check out this wonderful half-hour video of members of the interfaith community, including Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice steering committee member, the Rev. John Butcher, speaking about this month's Confluence of Holy Days. Click here to view this QuickTime video.
Declaration on Mideast Peace by Arab-Jewish Dialogue Group of the South Bay in Santa Clara County, CAA declaration of peace by members of the Arab-Jewish Dialogue Group of the South Bay in Santa Clara County, California regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Read a report on this service by Ed Ehmke and Leif Erickson.
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