Margot Käßmann spricht zum 20. Jubiläum der Lindauer Friedensräume in der Lindauer Inselhalle über Krieg und Frieden.
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Margot Käßmann Wishes for Stronger Commitment Against Nuclear Weapons from Younger People

20 Years "Friedensräume" in Lindau

LINDAU As long as there are nuclear weapons, mankind lives with the danger of nuclear war. Perhaps not necessarily because rulers would willingly instigate a nuclear war. But perhaps simply by chance. Margot Käßmann, former bishop and member of the World Council of Religions for Peace, reminded of this quite real scenario in a lecture on Friday evening in the Lindauer Inselhalle.

Käßmann was guest speaker at the anniversary celebration of 20 years of Peace Spaces. “Friedensräume” is a museum in Lindau dedicated to peace and sponsored by Pax Christi Diocese of Augsburg.

Margot Käßmann spricht vor über 140 Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörern in der Lindauer Inselhalle über Krieg und Frieden.

Whose job is protest?

“Why do we not manage to create an awareness of nuclear dangers among younger people?” lamented Margot Käßmann. Society has become too accustomed to the existence of nuclear weapons, she said. There are also deployable nuclear missiles in Germany. Käßmann observed that younger generations in particular were not concerned enough with the subject. The topic needs to be brought up again on an emotional level, she said. “Perhaps it is also the task of the older generation to get back on the road.”

But Käßmann was not solely concerned with nuclear weapons, but with weapons of all kinds. And thus about war in general. “It’s time we took the world’s wars seriously again,” she told an audience of about 142 in the Inselhalle. Nations like Germany, she said, earn a lot of money from the production of weapons, which are used to wage wars that force people to migrate, which nations like Germany then complain about in turn.

„You can only enforce peace with the people and not against them.

Margot Käßmann

Religions as conflict exacerbators

According to Käßmann, religious communities must also play their part in tackling this task: “Religions have the task of awakening people. Too often, however, religions are seen in society as a “factor in exacerbating conflict.

Käßmann, on the other hand, was of the opinion that religions could contribute to defusing conflicts and recalled the Bible verse: “Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you”. Wars could only be ended, she said, because peace talks were held with opposing parties. “You can only enforce peace with the people and not against them.”

Compulsory peace service

Margot Käßmann regretted the abolition of military service in Germany. Young people would now almost no longer come into contact with the topic of war and peace work. She advocated the establishment of a compulsory peace service, in which young generations would learn methods such as prevention and mediation.

At the end of the lecture, Margot Käßmann answered questions from the audience and signed books. For the museum “Friedensräume” the visit was a small sensation because the sponsor Pax Christi Diocese of Augsburg had been trying for a long time to get the former chairwoman of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany to come to Lindau to give a lecture. Now, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary, it worked out. The seats permitted according to the hygiene regulations were almost completely occupied.

Cornelia Späth, Friedensräume e.V., Margot Käßmann und Franziska Meszaros, Referentin für Friedensarbeit von Pax Christi.
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