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
6. GOD WILL PROVIDE A WAY TO DISPOSE OF NUCLEAR WASTES.
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.
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!)