Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Days

On 06 and 09 August, respectively, will be the 64th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,  Japan. Many churches use the Sunday nearest these anniversaries for a peace emphasis.  Here in Louisville, there is an annual service of remembrance for those who died in all the wars of America on Hiroshima Remembrance Day at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal). It is an ecumenical/interfaith service sponsored by Interfaith Paths to Peace.

I think these anniversaries are excellent opportunities to rededicate ourselves to working for a world without nuclear weapons–even a world without war.

August 5, 2009 - Posted by | interfaith, nuclear weapons, peacemaking


  1. We should remember those victims and we should remember what provoked our entering World War II. It was the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. We should remember those Americans who died there too. War does no one any good. The victims pay the cost of it ultimately.

    Comment by Paul | August 5, 2009

  2. No one is forgetting Pearl Harbor, but it is not anywhere near the Pearl Harbor anniversary. Your statement sounds very defensive–as if any mention of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must be countered by Pearl Harbor. As if one evil justifies another.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 5, 2009

  3. No, evil (in my mind) does not justify another evil. The point is Japan’s actions provoked the war. I have compassion for the Japanese who died and the Americans. In fact I was at the Pearl Harbor Memorial a couple of months aga and the Punchbowl Cemetery where over 25,000 Americans are buried. My point in mentionong both the Japanese cities and the American city (Honolulu) was to address the link between the two.

    Comment by Paul | August 6, 2009

  4. But Paul, Pearl Harbor Day is in DECEMBER! I didn’t say anything about who started the war. I didn’t state anything about whether or not Truman was right to authorize the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I was NOT trying to start a blame game–this seems to me to be very UNHELPFUL.
    Yes, the Japanese started WWII and we finished it. Fine.

    But commemorating the thousands of innocent civilians who died 64 years ago, today, and the more who died 64 years ago on the 9th is NOT a time for that–but a time to be grateful that these are the only atomic weapons ever used in battle (with numerous close calls) and to work to get rid of them.

    Who started what is very inappropriate use of our time. No one forgets that the Japanese began the war with a sneak attack on our pacific fleet–a day that FDR rightly said would live “in infamy.” But those reflections belong to another day than Hiroshima Day.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 6, 2009

  5. Just so you know Michael-I think war is bad period and Nukes are worse !

    Comment by Paul | August 6, 2009

  6. O.K., but I already figured that, Paul.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 6, 2009

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