Faith communities have been nearly unanimous for decades about the moral imperative to reduce the nuclear weapons arsenals of the world, and the threat they represent to world peace and even the future of life on earth. Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Protestants from Southern Baptists to the United Church of Christ and the historic peace churches have all made pronouncements about the immorality of these weapons of mass destruction. And now, when the United States has a chance to ratify the new START treaty that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed in April, a treaty that would require the U.S. and Russia to reduce their nuclear weapons deployment, conservatives are starting to play political games to delay or even deter ratification.
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite concludes: … Instead, nuclear arms reduction should be seen as a sacred obligation to protect the planet and its people. The United States Senate should ratify the START treaty immediately. Those who have legitimate concerns should be heard, but not for the sake of simply delaying or denying ratification. No funeral games, just moral leadership please.