The Common Good
November-December 2002

A Crime Against Humanity

by The Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Initiative | November-December 2002

Religious statements on nuclear weapons.

"The whole world must summon the moral courage and technical means to say no to nuclear conflict; no to weapons of mass destruction; no to an arms race which robs the poor and the vulnerable; and no to the moral danger of a nuclear age which places before humankind indefensible choices of constant terror or surrender."
—U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1983

"…the production and deployment, as well as the use, of nuclear weapons are a crime against humanity and...must be condemned on ethical and theological grounds."
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1985

"It is our belief that the continued development of newer and more destructive nuclear weapons can only make their eventual use more likely. Nuclear weapons' development must be halted around the world."
—Church of the Brethren, 1997

"We believe that the concept of nuclear deterrence, which involves a trust in nuclear weapons, is a form of idolatry.... We call upon all people and nations to renounce the research, development, testing, production, deployment, and actual use of nuclear weapons."
—Mennonite Central Committee, 1978

"...genuine disarmament and true peace require that reliance upon nuclear deterrence end and that nuclear weapons be eliminated."
—Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1989

"The General Assembly has considered reliance on nuclear weapons for security as idolatrous, and has stated that any use would be demonic."
—Presbyterian Church (USA), 1994

"We declare our opposition to all weapons of mass destruction. All nations should: a. declare that they will never use such weapons; b. cease immediately the testing, production and deployment of nuclear weapons; c. begin dismantling these arsenals; d. while the process of dismantling is going on, negotiate comprehensive treaties banning all such future weapons by any nation."
United Church of Christ, 1985

"These considerations compel us to say "No," a clear and unconditioned "No," to nuclear war and to any use of nuclear weapons. But our "No" is more than a matter of ethical calculation; it is a rejection of that nuclear idolatry that presumes to usurp the sovereignty of the God of shalom over all nations and peoples.... We conclude that nuclear deterrence is a position that cannot receive the church's blessing."
United Methodist Council of Bishops, 1986

Source: The Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Initiative (, an effort to mobilize people of faith around the danger of nuclear weapons.

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