From: CCNDdevelopment <[email protected]>
I am writing today to ask you to consider signing a statement on the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
As well as remembering the devastation caused in 1945 the statement calls on the UK government to take a positive step towards nuclear disarmament by cancelling the plans to replace Trident.
The full text of the statement is below. It is open to all clergy and leaders from all denominations, so please pass on if you know anyone who might like to sign.
August 6 marks 75 years since the dropping of a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The bombings killed tens of thousands of people and caused environmental damage and suffering which many people continue to live with today.
Shortly after the bombings the international community came together at the United Nations to say “never again” and pledged to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons around the world. Sadly, 75 years on, that goal has yet to be met, and many nuclear-armed states, including the United Kingdom, are currently pursuing upgrades to their nuclear arsenals, spending hundreds of billions of pounds in the process.
As Christians we reject nuclear weapons. We believe that their capacity to indiscriminately kill millions of our brothers and sisters, and to catastrophically destroy God’s creation, makes them contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Recent events have shown that the global community must work together to overcome the challenges facing us in the 21st century. We must speak out and call for action to ensure that the horrific events witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are never repeated.
We call on the UK government to make every effort to engage in meaningful international disarmament, most importantly by committing to the cancellation of the current programme to replace Trident.
To add your name, go to https://christiancnd.org.uk/statement-on-the-anniversary-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-bombings/
Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament