The Common Good
July 2009

Twitter Against Nukes

by Rose Marie Berger, Jeannie Choi | July 2009

The recently launched Two Futures Project is twittering us into a non-nuclear future.

The recently launched Two Futures Project is twittering us into a non-nuclear future. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, a 31-year-old Baptist minister, is using Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and every other social network he can to enlist a new generation of Christians in the biblically grounded fight to abolish nuclear weapons. “The weapons we counted on for our ultimate security have become the ultimate threat to us all,” Wigg-Stevenson told Sojourners. “It’s global nuclear disarmament or global nuclear catastrophe.”

The Two Futures Project (2FP) brings together a unique blend of religious leaders opposed to nuclear weapons for religious reasons—the sanctity of life and stewardship of creation—and Cold War pragmatists who now acknowledge that nuclear deterrence is a failed policy. The latter include “the four horsemen of the non-apocalypse”—former secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former secretary of defense William Perry, and former chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sam Nunn. “President Obama’s Palm Sunday speech in Prague [calling for a world without nuclear weapons] was a fantastic start,” said Wigg-Stevenson. “But one president can’t do it on his own. That’s why we need a generation of fiery faithful whose commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world is devoid of any partisanship.”

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