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How does the nuclear industry stack up, with regard to the teachings of the world’s religions? First of all, it is remarkable that the central precept of all the religions, and of secular humanism, is very much the same -fairness,  respect for human life, and of other life on this planet.

The uranium/nuclear industry, from an early stage was found. to be a cause of cancer. Truly positive medical efforts were made to use nuclear radiation to relieve the pain of terminal cancer. But these efforts were quickly perverted into programs for radiological weapons. After that, came the atomic bomb programs.

Uranium mining, nuclear power, and nuclear bombs have caused radioactive pollution, and sickness and death  – of workers, civilians, especially of indigenous peoples, soldiers, and countless animals (“collateral damage”).  The uranium.nuclear industry continues to cause sickness and death now, and will cause this into the future.

It is a remarkable contrast to the teachings of world religions and philosophies.

Hinduism Ahimsa is one of the ideals of Hinduism. It means that one should avoid harming any living thing, and also avoid the desire to harm any living thing.Ahimsa is not just non-violence – it means avoiding any harm, whether physical, mental or emotional.

Buddhism: Buddhism is essentially a peaceful tradition. Nothing in Buddhist scripture gives any support to the use of violence as a way to resolve conflict. In times of war Give rise in yourself to the mind of compassion, Helping living beings

Islam: Fighting should be directed only against fighting troops, and not to non- fighting personnel, and this is in compliance with the Qur’anic verse that reads: “ Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not, aggressors.” (Al-Baqarah: 190)…………….Do not mutilate. Do not kill the children, the aged or the women. Do not cut or bum palm trees or fruitful trees.

Confucianism: “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others,”  – Confucius

Christianity: ” Do unto others as you would that they should do to you” – Jesus Christ

Humanism: broadly advocates the importance of human dignity and human rights of all people worldwide.

Sikhism has a concept of the Just War. It’s called Dharam Yudh, meaning war in the defence of righteousness…………..…civilians must not be harmed………

In the time of its founder, Guru Nanak, in the 16th century CE, Sikhism was clearly a religion of peace.

Guru Nanak wrote:

No one is my enemy
No one is a foreigner
With all I am at peace
God within us renders us
Incapable of hate and prejudice.

Judaism. The Torah instructs soldiers to preserve the environment’s ecological needs even when waging war…………..allow non-combatants to flee and needless bloodshed to be avoided.

Shintoism Do not forget that the world is one great family. All of humanity is regarded as “Kami’s child.” Thus all human life and human nature is sacred.

Baha’i The central theme of the Baha’i Faith is that humanity is one family and the time has come for its unification into a peaceful global society

The Australian uranium industry is seen as the boom industry for our future. Once Australia “rode on the sheep’s back”. Now, the big (Liberal) money men want Australia to scoot along as the quarry and waste dump of the world.

This is all supposed to be “evidence-based” – based on “science” . It’s the opponents of nuclear who are “fanatics”, “superstitious” etc.

But in fact, the whole pro-nuclear push has a kind of religious fervour to it, and very much is based on “acts of faith”.  Like the Catholic Church, the nuclear lobby has its DOGMAS – its articles of faith that must be believed, however incomprehensible they are to reason and logic.


1. Nuclear power is a solution to global warming

2. Nuclear power is clean

3. Nuclear power is green

4. Nuclear power is cheap

5. Nuclear power has nothing to do with nuclear weapons


7. If we make more nuclear wastes, God will be forced to provide.

8. We must make more nuclear wastes, because we don’t know what to do with the ones we’ve altready got

9. Energy efficiency and renewables are just no good

10. We must have baseload energy at all times, and renewables can’t provide baseload at any time.

11. Overconsumption is the solution, not the problem.

12. Anyone who opposes nuclear power is irrational

13. Only nuclear physicists, geo-physicists, and other paid nuclear lobbyists can speak with authority on nuclear issues.

14. Economists, ecologists, environmentalists, and even some mathematicians are “soft” scientists, and are part of the loony fringe.

(I’m sure that viewers can think of some more – send ‘em in!)


  1. didn’t help me with my homework. lol. but it is quite useful i guess :)(y)


    Comment by stinkbag | December 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Stinkbag
      Charming name you have there.

      Unfortunately the various religions are awfully quiet on the subject of nuclear power. Alas the standard religions have a conservative approach to such matters, with the exception of the Society of friends (Quakers).
      For example, the Pope blessed armies on both sides of WW 11

      One can do better by seeking out ethicists, such as Mindseeds –
      Or best of all, doing a bit of thinking on one’s own


      Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. Nuclear Power Neither Clean nor Green nor Safe

    Inter Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative , by Bill Adamson Nuclear power isn’t clean, or green, or safe, as Dr. Helen Caldecott of Australia, president of the Nuclear Policy Institute, points out.

    The front end of the cycle is not clean. Every gram of 20% uranium ore brings to the surface some 3000 becquerels of Radium-222. Radium also gives off radon which gives off alpha radiation–a hazard for mine/mill workers. It also disintegrates to form “radon daughters” in different forms of polonium (Po-218, Po-214, Po-210) which also give off radioactivity for a half-life of 1600 years.

    Current operations are storing huge amounts of toxic wastes in pits along the waterways of the north–uranium, arsenic, radium, and polonium.–some 2.6 million cubic feet at Cluff Lake, and millions of tonnes from 7 mines into the huge JEB pit, which is 30 stories deep and the size of 4 football fields. How many million tonnes of radioactive waste and tailings will that hold? This is a great legacy for Sask. waters after the pumps are turned off! Moreover, nuclear reactors themselves give off tritium radioactive gas into the air–not so clean after all!

    Some 93% of the refrigerant chlorofluorcarbon produced in the USA is used in the enrichment of uranium fuel for nuclear power. These compounds are 10,000 times more efficient than carbon dioxide at trapping heat, and therefore are a potent destroyer of the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Moreover, large amounts of electricity, plus the fuel for gas and diesel trucks and engines are used in the front end construction of the reactors lasting for many years. The Darlington reactors took 12 years to build at a cost of $14.4 billion dollars. Little wonder that there have been no reactors built in North America for 30 years! In addition, the enrichment process for the fuel also requires much electricity generated in turn by coal-fired plants.

    The radium being brought up to the surface with every gram of ore adds a radioactive danger to the enterprise. Miners and mill workers are in danger of lung cancer. Alpha particles can cause breaks in the chromosomes of cells, which years later can develop into cancers. Various epidemiological studies have shown that uranium workers have experienced two to three times the incidence of lung cancer as ordinary citizens. Though mining companies work to keep the dose rate of radioactivity low, the low doses are just as lethal as the high doses. Previous scientific studies of the Ontario Miners and of the Atomic Energy Company Limited workers have demonstrated this anomaly.

    After some 40 years, the reactor machinery is intensely radioactive. Both it and the building must be decommissioned, taken apart by remote control, and transported to safe storage. The millions of dollars for decommissioning are not factored into the cost of so-called “cheap” electricity. The high-level nuclear wastes from burned fuel must be guarded, protected, and isolated from the environment for tens of thousands of years. Scientists are still struggling with this conundrum. Biologically dangerous items such as strontium-90, cesium-137, and plutonium are in danger of seeping into our water tables and becoming concentrated in food chains for the rest of time.

    The use of nuclear power to boil water is neither clean, or green, or safe, or economical.r .Nuclear Power Neither Clean nor Green nor Safe | Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative


    Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 30, 2009 | Reply

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