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Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture

There was a big conference at Princeton Theological Seminary last week, at which religious leaders from multiple faiths gathered to assail torture.

More than 100 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders and thinkers met this month at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey to try to take a more public and more vigorous lead in the debate on U.S. use of torture in the war on terrorism.

...The purpose of the January 13-15 Princeton conference was to galvanize religious opposition to U.S. torture policy and launch a national religious campaign against torture. "Nobody is standing up and saying they're for torture, but not many religious people are speaking the truth with love saying this is outrageous," said Father William Byron, research professor at Loyola College in Baltimore, who attended the conference. "We of faith communities all have a fundamental baseline commitment to the preservation and protection of human dignity, and [torture] is an assault on human dignity."

Here is their final statement:

The Princeton conference's final statement, endorsed so far by 35 members of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities, condemns torture as violating the "basic dignity of the human person that all religions hold dear. ... It contradicts our nation's most cherished ideals. Any policies that permit torture and inhumane treatment are shocking and morally intolerable." It declares that "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." Organizers of the religious campaign against torture hope to get 100,000 signatures by the end of 2006.

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  • Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#1)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 03:58:53 PM EST
    This could almost be a wedge issue, except the pro-torture Republicans and pro-Jesus Republicans are one and the same.

    Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 08:41:26 PM EST
    scarshapedstar, it IS a wedge issue, because people of faith do not automatically have to vote Republican. If only Democratic supporters would stop acting as if "pro-Jesus" was synonymous with "anti-Democrat" (and vice versa), there are plenty of wedge issues like this available.

    Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 06:44:42 AM EST
    Lemme guess...Pat Robertson did not attend.

    Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 08:07:41 AM EST
    Do you have a link to a site where I can add my signature? I wasn't able to find one from the story you linked to. This is a very hopeful and long overdue development. Thanks.

    Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#5)
    by Johnny on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 01:39:21 PM EST
    Why do religious leaders love terrorists and hate america?

    Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#6)
    by scarshapedstar on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 03:35:07 PM EST
    scarshapedstar, it IS a wedge issue, because people of faith do not automatically have to vote Republican. If only Democratic supporters would stop acting as if "pro-Jesus" was synonymous with "anti-Democrat" (and vice versa), there are plenty of wedge issues like this available.
    I believe the Republicans are the ones who first coined the notion that "pro-Jesus" is synonymous with "anti-Democrat".

    Re: Religious Leaders Meet to Assail Torture (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 01:19:40 PM EST
    SSS, right it's a Republican fallacy that they invented and promote (mostly at election time), and that's exactly why Dems should dispute it.