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Thousands march for peace in Glasgow and London

Up to 50,000 demonstrators took to the streets in London and Glasgow yesterday to call for an end to the war in Iraq, a non-military resolution of tensions involving Iran, and the scrapping of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Church leaders and Christians were among the protestors.

In Glasgow the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was among those delivering messages calling on the UK government not to replace its Trident nuclear fleet.

The Rev Alan McDonald, reminded the 3,000-strong gathering that for the past 25 years Scottish Presbyterians, along with people from other Christian traditions, had argued that nuclear weapons were both morally and theologically wrong.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, said his church was speaking out because Trident was “immoral”. He added: “Over a year ago we said Make Poverty History. Now we are saying Make Trident History. Make nuclear war history. That is what is uniting so many people today.”

Full story at Ekklesia.

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