"Can we go along with the intent to use nuclear weapons? What it is wrong to do, it is wrong to intend to do. If it is wrong for met to kill you, it is wrong for me to plan to do it...Likewise, if I intended to use nuclear weapons in massive retaliation, I have already committed massive murder in my heart."
Richard T. McSorley, SJ
This is why I still love the Roman Catholic church. In spite of all the pedophilia, mysogony, patriarchal nonsense, there have been many good things and people to come from it. Father Richard McSorley was one of the good ones. He spent his life devoted to teaching nonviolence and bringing our attention to insane and sinful militarism.
The world now is full of nuclear weapons that can destroy humanity and life on the planet earth as we know it. The threat to use these weapons on our fellow human beings is satanic. It is crazy thinking. Our hearts have been poisoned by fears of our perceived enemies.
People want to feel safe and secure. Having weapons to defend oneself seems like a reasonable thing but they all too easily get used to exert one's power and control and they quickly get used for "pre-emptive" purposes. The U.S. has slipped down that slope and perpetrated great sin in the name of freedom and democracy. It is a cosmic joke to justify our carnage as pre-emptively necessary to our defense, and where will it stop? We ultimately will turn against ourselves as we did in the Civil War and do today as pro-life advocates kill abortion providers and teabaggers spit on our legislative representatives and call them racial slurs like niggers.
There is a poison in the human heart which is triggered by fear and the desire to control. We Unitarian Universalists proclaim a very different way of life which is based on the valuing of every human person, the interdependent web of all existence, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
The Unitarian Universalist values are truly remarkable and precious in our modern world which turns to militarism as its answer to the ugliness in the human heart. We Unitarian Universalists turn to our faith. We are ridiculed and mocked for it and marginalized as being irrelevant in a world far more cynical than we are willing to admit let alone accept.
We UUs believe that the Spirit of Life is stronger than any toxic fears and in the end will prevail in the Universe.