Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., has lent his name to a newspaper ad calling for the United States to take a leadership role in reducing the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles and, in doing so, strengthen national security.
The bishop, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, agreed to have his name placed in the ad after being approached by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the ad’s sponsor.
Produced and paid for under the organization’s Reduce the Threat campaign, the ad presses President Barack Obama “to take advantage of the opportunity presented by his administration’s nuclear policy review to forge common-sense, forward-looking policies that will increase U.S. security and reduce the threat of nuclear catastrophe.”
Also lending their names to the effort are retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Adams, former deputy U.S. military representative to NATO; Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland — A Church Distributed; Barry S. Levy, former president, American Public Health Association; Leon M. Lederman, Nobel laureate and director emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and Charleta B. Tavares, a city council member in Columbus, Ohio.
The ad is appearing Sept. 22 and 23 in such publications as Washington Times, Politico, Congress Daily, Roll Call and The Hill. The National Review published the ad Sept. 19 and will run it again Sept. 26.
The full text of a letter upon which the ad was based can be seen here.