June 4, 2019
Now is the time to call on Congress to stop the march toward war with Iran and re-engage with the JCPOA/Iran Nuclear Deal. Sundays June: 9, 16 and 23, please sign the petition in the Lounge prepared by the United Church of Christ and supported by Plymouth Peace Action Group.
In 2015, the Obama Administration signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or Iran Nuclear Deal) with Iran and other UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany, which the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) supported in a 2015 General Assembly resolution. The Iran Nuclear Deal slowed Iran’s path to acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief and is consistent with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which the US and Iran are both signatories.
In May 2018, President Trump decided to pull the US out of the deal. Now, Iran also decided to stop fully complying with the deal. US European allies want the JCPOA/ Iran Nuclear Deal to succeed, but without US involvement, its success is limited.
In response, President Trump and his administration engaged in a series of incendiary tweets and military moves (including deployment of a carrier to the region) that have escalated the threat of war with Iran. Such rhetoric of “unrelenting force” and threatening the “end of Iran” undermine years of diplomacy with Iran and jeopardize a critical nuclear agreement and peace in the region. In addition, the US threat of punitive actions against any party that seeks to adhere to the JCPOA could force US allies into an awkward choice between upholding the agreement and succumbing to US pressure.
The current US approach toward Iran has brought us to the brink of war. Another way is possible. Peace is possible! As a Just Peace Church, the United Church of Christ advocates in support of the Iran deal, against nuclear weapons. The UCC General Synod called for engagement and friendship with the people and nation of Iran, rather than war, saying, “Our sacred scriptures all point to our calling as disciples and peacemakers, to do what we can to bring healing into the world, not hurt, to end bloodshed, not to initiate it, to stop the killing and terrorizing of children and adults, and to make all of God’s Creation a safe place in which to live.”
Last week, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ were among 62 organizations that endorsed a letter calling on Congress to intervene to help avert the escalation of war. The National Council of Churches also issued a statement last week urging the President to “pursue a path of diplomacy and negotiations, marked by good faith, in order to avoid war.”
Please call Congress to stop the march toward war with Iran and re-engage with the JCPOA/Iran Nuclear Deal. – Plymouth Peace Action Group