By: Zach Dawes
Most Americans believe our use of torture is justified, a survey found. But torture is always immoral, and information obtained through torture, even if it does save the lives of many, does not make it a moral act.
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.
The U.S. has delivered prisoners to Syria, now engaged in a bloody civil war, for interrogation. Widespread abuse has been documented in Gitmo. Why no moral outrage to torture?
The tortured learn to keep silent in order to avoid the pain of the powers over them. Will we facilitate the silence or will we be ministers of grace to help the tortured find their voice?
President Bush says he authorized the waterboarding of suspected terrorism detainees. While most people understand that trying to drown people is torture, many religious leaders remain strangely quiet.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious organizations are calling for an investigation into allegations of forced human experimentation.
Medical professionals monitored and analyzed the responses of at least 25 prisoners to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. They were helping government lawyers justify ways to violate international law.
Politicians tell us torture has provided crucial security information, but one study says that doesn't hold water. Why have so many of us been willing to accept this rationale? One word says it all.
News reports have revealed that CIA operatives violated interrogation guidelines by threatening suspects with guns and power drills. Will we condone this behavior in the name of security?
Torture happens in the New Testament, but its something that the bad guys do to the good guys. It is not something the good guys do to the bad guys. Why do so many of Christ's followers condone torture? And what will we reap?
For more than half of regular church-goers who believe torture is often or sometimes justified, Jack Bauer, the fictional anti-hero of "24," who disregards human rights and anything else in the name of national security, seems a more fitting savior.
Today, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land condemns torture. But for years, he has mirrored the knee-jerk Republican conservatism of his SBC constituency and used it to his own political advantage.
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission made news recently when he denounced waterboarding as torture. Virtually ignored was why he shifted his position and why he had not spoken out sooner.
Something is seriously wrong with American Christianity when more than half of white evangelicals believe that torture is often or sometimes justified. No matter how we try to manipulate the Scriptures, we simply can never reconcile Christ with torture.
Nearly 62 percent of white evangelical Christians believe that torturing suspected terrorists is often or sometimes justified, marking the failure of two great traditions that at one time were the foundation of American society.
A survey found 54 percent of weekly church-goers said torture is often or sometimes justified when used to gain important information from terrorists compared to 42 percent of those who seldom or never attend church.
Are we prepared to condone interrogation methods such as the near-death experience of "waterboarding," a tactic condemned by the United States after World War II? John Essick says history holds some valuable lessons for us.
Why did so many of us permit torture, judicially unauthorized surveillance and assorted other improper actions to happen? We simply allowed fear-mongering to take the place of reason.
Our nation has already tried and punished enlisted military personnel for inhumane treatment of people in their custody. Why should political officials and intelligence operatives receive immunity for similar or worse conduct?
President Barack Obama has reset the nation’s moral compass. Granted much of what he did was rhetorical. Nonetheless, he struck a new moral direction away from the nation’s failures, save one exception.
Would Jesus condone torture if it yielded information that might prevent a terrorist attack? Anyone who has studied the life and teachings of Jesus closely, really thought about the red-letter parts of the New Testament, would answer, no.
With the football season approaching, we can get ready to see all kinds of weird fans on the TV screens with their index fingers pointed toward us, yelling, "We're No. 1."
Common Cause has launched a campaign called "Recapture the Flag," protesting abuses of power by the White House and failure by Congress to oversee the Executive Branch.
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, has criticized Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's opposition to the U.S. government's use of torture.
How did Sen. John McCain's commitment to addressing global warming and advancing human rights become sources of opposition from Christian Right leader James Dobson?
On Feb. 22, the Justice Department revealed that an internal ethics review conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the CIA's use of waterboarding.
WASHINGTON--The United Methodist Church's social policy office is circulating a petition that tells President Bush, a fellow church member, that torture is immoral and ineffective.
Perception is reality. It's not the only reality, but it is real to the one perceiving it. Perceptions can change, but until they do, what someone perceives as being real is real--to them.