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Anglicans adopt N-war resolution

Jon Spencer — August 1983

At its 30th General Synod held recently in Fredericton, the Anglican Church of Canada approved a series of resolutions concerning nuclear weapons, disarmament, and biological and chemical warfare.

The principal resolution, as finally adopted, contains seventeen recommendations directed to the government, to Canadians and to the church and its institutions, primarily concerning the escalation of the arms race, and the means of resolving conflict and making peace.

After prolonged debate between disarmament supporters and representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Synod agreed that the development, production or use of nuclear weapons are contrary to the will of God and the mind of Christ.

In addition to the principal resolution, the Synod also urged Parliament to pass Bill C-678 declaring Canada a nuclear weapon-free zone, and outlawing the production and use of chemical and biological weapons.

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