Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., has signed his name to an open letter urging President Obama to become involved in the country's nuclear policy review and to work toward a reduction in the number of nuclear arms in the country's arsenal. Bishop Hubbard is chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The letter, which will run as an ad and is being sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, states in part:
"The end of the Cold War changed the world. September 11, 2001 changed it again. As you said in your April speech in Prague, 'In a strange turn of history, the threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up.'According to a post on the CNSblog today, the ad will run Sept. 22 and 23 in the Washington Times, Politico, Congress Daily, Roll Call and The Hill. The National Review published the ad Sept. 19 and will run it again Sept. 26, CNSblog reports.
"U.S. nuclear weapons policy must change as well. We cannot rely on old approaches and old thinking to meet these new threats. As president, your most profound responsibility is to keep us safe and prevent the use or spread of these frighteningly powerful weapons.
"Today, representing diverse walks of life, we speak with one voice to urge you to chart a new, common-sense, step-by-step approach that will reduce the threats that nuclear weapons pose."
Read the full letter HERE. Read the CNSblog post HERE.