New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Trident plan attacked

THE Conference overwhelmingly opposed replacement of the Trident nucleaweapons system and urged the Government "to take leadership in disarmamennegotiations in order to bring about the intention of the Non-ProliferatioTreaty for the elimination of all nuclear weapons
&nbs
The Trident issue, an appendix to the reporPeacemaking: A Christian vocation, was to the fore after thannouncement by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, that the Government was seekinto replace the weapons. An amendment to remove the Trident resolution waresoundingly defeate
&nbs
The report, prepared jointly with the United Reformed Church, examines thethics of modern warfare. It calls for Christians to be peacemakers; addressethe environmental dimension to conflict; and considers what the response tterrorism should be. It recounts personal experiences of war and the 7 Julbombing
&nbs
The report challenged the Church to "move out of its comfort zone ofamiliar debates and mild protest and into real action for justice anreconciliation", said Steve Hucklesby, the Methodist Church's Secretary foInternational Affairs.
 
Since the end of the Cold War, thConference had urged further disarmament, and had called in 1996 for "a genuinwillingness to forgo Britain's own nuclear capability . . . in order to stonuclear proliferation. Consistency with those long-established views, togethewith the recommendations in the report", would lead the Conference to opposthe renewal of Trident, the report suggested.
 
An ex-President othe Conference, the Revd Will Morrey, said that, with other Churches in the UKthe Methodist Church had asked the Government in 2005 to spell out thconditions under which the UK might be content to forgo Trident. It hadeclined to do so, and Tony Blair had also declined to give a direct answeother than "We will do things robustly and engage in robust conversatio"
 
"If we are to register on the radar screen of such 'robustconversation, we must present the original resolution," Mr Morreurged.
 
Edwin Dobinson, ex-Royal Navy and Falklands veteranbelieved that a deterrent had been an effective peacemaking tool in the ColWar. But the "uncertain question" now was whether a nuclear deterrent oanything else would deter the kind of fanatical leadership that was in IranTerrorism, he suggested, could be addressed only by addressing the root causeof disaffection.
 
Dr Peter Stephens defended deterrence: policy hato be set now for 20 and then 30-40 years ahead. "War is never of the kind wexpect when we are looking decades down the road." Another speaker suggestethat the UK must be part of the "nuclear club" if it was to have significanworld influenc

Job of the week

Chaplain

Wales

EVERYONE DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A FRESH START WITH YOUR HELP THEY CAN Chaplain - Ecumenical (HMP Parc) HM Prison & YOI Parc, Bridgend £30,369.42 pa | Full-time (40 hours per w...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

Jo Wroe talks to the writer and stand-up comic A. L. Kennedy, who will be making her Greenbelt debut this weekend  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Should the full synodical process for church legislation be retained?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

Exposed — the dangers of a group mentality

One year on, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal reveals the risks of group norms, says Alan Billings  Read More

Fri 28 Aug 15 @ 22:23
“When claimants are allowed to speak for themselves the stories...are very different” http://t.co/bcg6D2hTwj http://t.co/lPu0XrvcG1

Fri 28 Aug 15 @ 21:19
Is it true that marriage is “alive and well” among the rich, but not the poor? http://t.co/bSRzYrzzoi http://t.co/zUDtgTNf0d