nuclear weapons


“Everybody Else in the World Was Dead”: Hiroshima’s Legacy

(compiled by John Whitehead) The American atomic bombing of Hiroshima was 74 years ago today, August 6th. To mark the anniversary, we share stories from bombing survivors, in Japanese hibakusha (“bomb-affected people”). Hibakusha Stories Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was at home that morning, which was “still, warm, and beautiful. Shimmering leaves, reflecting sunlight from a cloudless…


When Linking Abortion with Other Violence Comes Naturally to Pro-lifers

Part 2: Consistency Strengthens the Case Part 1: Connections focuses on how opposing abortion using a broad right-to-life principle strengthens the case against other kinds of violence. Here, we do the reverse, and focus on how opposing other kinds of violence strengthens the case against abortion.    Kathryn Jean Lopez Editor-at-Large, National Review Symposium: Whole…


Nuclear Disarmament as a Social Justice Issue

by John Whitehead Activists seeking to end or radically reduce nuclear weapons’ threat may find it difficult to get public attention. Despite the high stakes involved—the lives of millions and even humanity’s survival—the nuclear threat frequently seems distant and abstract. The danger is future and hypothetical, in contrast to current, actual situations of people dying…


Human Rights & the Right to Life: Reconsidering Conventional Human Rights Activism

by John Whitehead Respecting people’s human rights should go hand in hand with upholding the consistent life ethic. The concept of “human rights” broadly means those conditions that people can legitimately claim as necessary to living a decent human life. Life itself is one of these conditions, and many human rights documents recognize a right…


To Save Humanity: What I Learned at the “Two Minutes to Midnight” Conference

by John Whitehead The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists decided earlier this year to adjust the “Doomsday Clock,” the organization’s index of probable nuclear and other dangers facing humanity. Tensions between the United States and nations such as North Korea, Russia, and China, among other factors, prompted the Bulletin to move the Doomsday Clock’s hands…


Breaking Stereotypes in Fearful Times

by John Whitehead Several incidents of terrorism that occurred in the United Kingdom this spring—the suicide bombing of a concert in Manchester, two attacks in London by men using trucks and knives—have understandably received much attention and provoked much horror and outrage. Along with such appropriate responses as sympathy for the victims and their families…


The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat

by Jessica Renshaw   Note: This is the text of Jessica’s talk at the June 17, 2017 Ban the Bomb March in Los Angeles. I want to tell you a story—a true, personal story.  (To save time, I’ll just tell you I’m 73!) I was one year old when nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima…


Nukes and the Pro-Life Christian: A Conservative Takes a Second Look at the Morality of Nuclear Weapons

By Karen Swallow Prior from Sojourners, August 2015  I WAS SITTING IN the wrong end of a police wagon the first time I questioned nuclear weapons. Technically, it was a school bus, but it served the same purpose: hauling scores of protesters to the county holding center where we would await booking for our trespasses. We…


Rejecting Mass Murder: Looking Back on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By John Whitehead, Secretary of Consistent Life The United States devastated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on, respectively, August 6th and 9th, 1945, in what were—to date—the only occasions in history that atomic bombs were used in wartime. The atomic bombings killed tens of thousands of people instantly, with many more dying of…