Evangelical Christians Against Torture

Here’s the Tag Line for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture:

“Torture violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions, in their highest ideals, hold dear. It degrades everyone involved—policy-makers, perpetrators and victims. It contradicts our nation’s most cherished values. Any policies that permit torture and inhumane treatment are shocking and morally intolerable.

Nothing less is at stake in the torture abuse crisis than the soul of our nation. What does it signify if torture is condemned in word but allowed in deed? Let America abolish torture now—without exceptions.”

It’s great to finally see a lot of Evangelicals taking seriously their bumper stickers’, “What Would Jesus Do?” question.

From the the World Wide Faith News Archive:

American Baptists addressed the issue of torture in their 1976 Policy Statement on Human Rights which, under article thirteen, states that basic human rights include, “the right to be free from arbitrary arrest and detention and from torture; the right to a just and open trial with the opportunity to confront accusers and the right to humane treatment if incarcerated.”

The more recent Resolution on International Terrorism cautions, “that we [American Baptists] remain vigilant concerning the erosion of civil liberties in the name of security.” (article 5)

Unfortunately, the Southern Baptist Convention has yet to join in the choir.  Not unusual, of course, for them to be behind the times, but as the Grandson of 2 Southern Baptist Preachers, I feel a bit let down (In-spite of my agnostic position, and as hard as I try not to, I am still ethereally bound to the denomination).


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