Submarines, Religion And Politics -- Brit Style
We've heard a lot of people saying that people shouldn't bring their religious views into the political arena -- mostly from the left side of the body politic, complaining about the influence that conservative religious voters have on the outcome of elections. I've read people saying the same thing over in Europe. Interestingly, I haven't heard any complaints from the left about the most recent example of religious leaders in Britain attempting to inject God into politics:
A group of bishops have warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that the possession of Trident nuclear weapons is "evil" and "profoundly anti-God".Great Britain is in the middle of a debate about how to replace their aging force of Vanguard-class SSBNs, which will reach end of hull life in 2024. Since both the leadership of Labour and the Conservative opposition support the concept of a new class of submarines (as well as the more basic question of whether or not Britain should even maintain a nuclear deterrent force), I expect that's the direction they'll go; this being British politics, however, you can expect a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth by the left during the continued debate.
In a letter published in The Independent, the 20 bishops said Trident was "evil" and that "possession and use are profoundly anti-God acts."...
..."Nuclear weapons are a direct denial of the Christian concept of peace and reconciliation, which are social and economic as well as physical and spiritual."