Alton Webteam: August 2015
The Revd Steve Wild, President of the Methodist Conference has issued the following statement in advance of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima:
"We remember with deep sorrow the hundreds of thousands of people who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on those two fateful days and in the months and years afterwards. Nuclear weapons are by their very nature devastating and indiscriminate. The construction and use of nuclear weapons is a deep shame and a denial of God's love for humanity and for all of creation. It is vital that our technological prowess be accompanied with a greater commitment to the values of love, respect and restraint. True wisdom should lead us to put in place a verifiable elimination of all nuclear weapons."
UK multi-faith statement on nuclear weapons — 2015
Nuclear weapons are by their nature indiscriminate in their effect. Any use of nuclear weapons would have devastating humanitarian consequences, be incompatible with International Humanitarian Law and violate the principle of dignity for every human being that is common to each of our faith traditions. Our world faces many challenges including oppressive poverty, climate change, violent extremism and emerging national rivalry. Addressing these challenges requires strong relationships across nations, founded on mutual co-operation, trust and shared prosperity. Security policies based on the threat of the use of nuclear weapons are immoral and ultimately self-defeating.
We must move beyond the division of our world into nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states and ensure that all states make good their commitment to negotiations on the universal, legally verifiable and enforceable elimination of nuclear weapons. We call on all nuclear weapon states to join in this endeavour. We urge these states and the international community to develop a robust plan of action that will lead us to a world free of nuclear weapons.
Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei OBE Al-Khoei Foundation
Anil Bhanot Director, Hindu Council UK
Rt Rev John Chalmers Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly
Nemu Chandaria OBE Institute of Jainology ~ for and on behalf of ' One Jain'
Gill Dascombe Vice President of the Methodist Conference
Malcolm Deboo President, Zoroastrian T.F.E.
Revd Dr Chris Ellis President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
John Ellis Moderator of the United Reformed Church
Archbishop Gregorios Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
Robert Harrap General Director, Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-UK
Revd Kenneth G. Howcroft President of the Methodist Conference
Sanjay Jagatia Director/Secretary General, Hindu Council UK
Most Revd Malcolm McMahon Archbishop of Liverpool
Satya Minhas Chairperson, Hindu Council UK
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra Office of Imams for Inter Faith Cooperation
Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan Archbishop of Wales
Rev Gyoro Nagase Nipponzan Myohoji London Peace Pagoda
Paul Parker Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain
Dr Narayan Rao Trustee, Hindu Council UK and Chairman of Shri Venlateswara (Balaji) Temple
Maulana Shahid Raza OBE British Muslim Forum
Jehangir Sarosh OBE Executive Director, Religions for Peace
Ven B. Seelawimala London Buddhist Vihara
Lord (Indarjit) Singh of Wimbledon Director, Network of Sikh Organisations
Bhai Sahib, Mohinder Singh OBE Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ)
Michael Stygal President, The Pagan Federation
Bharti Tailor Executive Director, The Hindu Forum of Europe
Some of those supporting this statement do so in their personal capacity and not on behalf of the faith group to which they are affiliated.
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