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Nuclear Debate

It is unfortunate for the Rev Peter Park (Nov 2016 issue) that his letter defending the renewal of Trident should appear just as the United Nations is preparing to prohibit the possession of nuclear weapons as well as their use.

It looks as though the nuclear states, including the permanent members of the Security Council, will be the principal opponents of this resolution.

His argument that the UK’s nuclear deterrent creates jobs is surprisingly secular from a man of the cloth. If valid, then it is valid for the whole of the armaments industry, and not only in the western world but everywhere else.

Mr Park cherry-picks Matthew to support his argument, so may I pick my own cherries? The Jesus he quotes is the same Jesus who healed the servant of an officer of an enemy occupying force (Luke 7:1-10; Mat 8: 5-13) and who, when He was arrested, forbade His disciples from meeting force with force and restored the severed ear of an assailant (Luke 22: 49-51).

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