5 Reasons Torture is Always Wrong
Once again, the evangelical magazine Christianity Today has spoken with a clear and prophetic voice which, hopefully, will not go unheard among its many readers who blindly support President Bush. The article details, from scripture and from common sense, 5 Reasons Torture is Always Wrong – and why there should be no exceptions.
It is tragic that such an article is needed in the first place, but many evangelical Christians support Bush and his policies of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (Republican doublespeak for torture), even though they clearly violate everything the Christian faith stands for.
Here are the 5 reasons, each of which is detailed in the article:
1. Torture violates the dignity of the human being.
2. Torture mistreats the vulnerable and violates the demands of justice.
3. Authorizing torture trusts government too much.
4. Torture dehumanizes the torturer.
5. Torture erodes the character of the nation that tortures.
The article concludes:
It is past time for evangelical Christians to remind our government and our society of perennial moral values, which also happen to be international and domestic laws. As Christians, we care about moral values, and we vote on the basis of such values. We care deeply about human-rights violations around the world. Now it is time to raise our voice and say an unequivocal no to torture, a practice that has no place in our society and violates our most cherished moral convictions.
Read the article on the Christianity Today website.