Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.
Hoping for Peace
Advocacy groups came back from Easter with an eye toward promoting peace. No, not peace between Democrats and Republicans (we may be more likely to see a lion lie down with a lamb). But from nuclear proliferation to Sudan to religious liberty, groups saw the possibility for greater peace around the world.
Yesterday, President Obama signed a nuclear weapons treaty with Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. This treaty comes on the heels of Obama's announcement of a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that limits the use of nuclear weapons to one single purpose—deterrence. The new NPR bars the use of nuclear weapons in conventional warfare against states that have been in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. (That means countries like Iran and North Korea cannot rest easy.) The policy also promises that the U.S. will not develop any new nuclear warheads.
David Cortright, contributing editor for Sojourners, wrote, "The new [NPR] is a significant step toward reducing nuclear dangers, advancing global nonproliferation norms, and facilitating further reduction and the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons."
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), did not share Cortright's optimism. While not addressing any details of the NPR directly, Perkins gave "pointed objections to the flawed theology and failed policy of pacifism embraced by the Left."
"Peace through strength is a tried and true maxim. No one can countenance a nuclear exchange lightly. Yet the sad irony is that if we disarm too much, we invite the potential of a nuclear ...1