As both an Anglican priest and as a Ploughshares Fund board member committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons, I think a lot about the moral aspect of the issue. And after two decades of activism in this space, I’m convinced the essential moral questions around nuclear weapons aren’t actually questions about the weapons themselves.
These essential moral questions are about us. Who are we? What do we tolerate, and what do we refuse?
What do we resist?
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Resistance isn’t always easy, of course.
It’s hard to believe that President Obama’s 2009 Prague speech, where he declared “America’s commitment to the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” was just ten years ago. It feels like a lifetime. It feels like we live in a different world entirely.
But it’s precisely the challenge of our times that brings the moral question into stark relief. Will we despair? Or will we resist these terrible weapons even when victory feels far away? Will we show up and step up?
Is that who we are?
Of course, most of us can’t work full-time on disarmament. I can’t, anyway. I used to have hobbies; now I have three little kids, and a church. Life is busy and full. I can’t focus on anti-nuclear advocacy like I used to.
That’s why the work of Ploughshares Fund is so urgent.
I support Ploughshares Fund because it is the largest foundation dedicated exclusively to the elimination of nuclear weapons, and because I want to be someone who doesn’t turn away from the nuclear threat.
In doing so, I’m grateful for all of Ploughshares Fund's supporters. Because knowing that I’m not alone—that I’m standing with people like you, who refuse the surrender of despair—makes it possible.
Let's face this challenge together.
Thank you for your commitment to a safer, more secure world.
by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Ploughshares Fund Board Member