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Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Here is an important piece worth reading from Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, an impressive young Christian leader who is a real sign of hope for me.

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Commenting on the continuing debate over whether or not the bombing avoided a U.S. invasion by forcing Japan's surrender, he writes:

Whether the bombings averted further tragedy by shortening that conflict is a debate that historians can and should continue. But, in the interest of ensuring that Hiroshima and Nagasaki go down in history as the first and last uses of nuclear weapons in war-a goal we can all agree on-we'd do well to let our historical disagreements stay historical.

Tyler is the founder and director of the Two Futures Project, a movement of American Christians for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. The project sees the world facing two futures and one choice: a world without nuclear weapons or a world ruined by them. A future without nuclear weapons is something I've worked for a long time, and I'm pleased that a new generation is carrying it on.

Jim Wallis is CEO of Sojourners.

To learn more, see Sojourners' standing alert on nuclear disarmament.

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