Monday, June 07, 2010

Demand an accounting for torture

The National Religious Campaign against Torture is asking for a full inquiry by the U.S. government into abuse of persons swept up in its campaign against terrorists. Their 5:34 minute video is designed to remind religious congregations of their obligations to speak out when their government engages in immoral actions.

Concurrently, Physicians for Human Rights has issued a new report about U.S. doctors' complicity in experiments on human torture subjects designed to control and inflict pain for the purpose of extracting information.

Both of these efforts ask people to recall and act upon the values they claim to cherish, whether as people of faith who believe in a just and loving God and/or as healers sworn to do no harm. Values, like other faculties, wither and die if they are not exercised.

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