Churches cheer agreement on reducing weapons

START treaty
When President Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev met in Prague on April 8 to sign a new agreement on nuclear weapons, it marked one more step in the religious community’s long campaign to reduce, if not end, the threat of nuclear war.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, aims to reduce each country’s deployed strategic warheads to about 1,550 each and cut the number of launchers from the currently permitted 1,600 to 800. It would also cap the number of nuclear-armed missiles and bombers.

For Christian denominations both at home and abroad, the pact represents a major victory in a campaign that has waxed and waned since the first atomic bombs were dropped at the end of World War II.


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