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Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Ban Torture
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Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Ban Torture
By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 13, 2006; Page A04

Twenty-seven religious leaders, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, have signed a statement urging the United States to "abolish torture now -- without exceptions."

The statement, being published in newspaper advertisements starting today, is the opening salvo of a new organization called the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which has formed in response to allegations of human rights abuse at U.S. detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is one of 27 religious leaders and Nobel laureates to urge the U.S. government to end the practice of torture. The statement is being published in newspaper ads starting today. (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)

Titled "Torture is a Moral Issue," the statement says that torture "violates the basic dignity of the human person" and "contradicts our nation's most cherished values." "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?" it asks.

The signers come from a broad range of denominations and include notable religious conservatives, such as the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; and the Rev. William J. Byron, former president of Catholic University.

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National Religious Campaign Against Torture: /

Faithful America:

The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT): /

Statements and Letters of National Denominations and Religious Groups:

Calendar: Anti-Torture Events Nationwide:

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  -Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Ban Torture Sapphire Blue  Sep-24-06 09:31 PM   #0 
  - The U.S. is too great to torture should be our motto  Erika   Sep-24-06 09:37 PM   #1 
  - Thanks for your comment, Erika!  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 09:44 PM   #6 
  - Whatever are they talking about?!  Ino   Sep-24-06 09:40 PM   #2 
  - Falwell? Robertson? Dobson? No?  tanyev   Sep-24-06 09:41 PM   #3 
  - Falwell? Robertson? Dobson? are not the only religious leaders.  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 09:43 PM   #4 
     - Not my point. Their absence on a list like this speaks volumes  tanyev   Sep-25-06 07:26 AM   #30 
  - Good.  NYC   Sep-24-06 09:44 PM   #5 
  - Oh, thank GOD! (so to speak -- I'm an atheist)  scarletwoman   Sep-24-06 09:44 PM   #7 
  - HI, scarletwoman... I appreciate the comment ;)  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 09:48 PM   #8 
  - Who Would Jesus Waterboard?  chat_noir   Sep-24-06 09:58 PM   #9 
  - 27 religious leaders means virtually nothing in the US (NRCAT)  riderinthestorm   Sep-24-06 10:05 PM   #10 
  - This constitutes "Nothing"???  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 10:20 PM   #13 
     - I'm glad these orgs are participating but there's more who aren't  riderinthestorm   Sep-24-06 10:47 PM   #17 
        - You could just as easily say that your voice means nothing...  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 10:58 PM   #20 
           - You're right, my "voice" does mean nothing  riderinthestorm   Sep-24-06 11:05 PM   #23 
              - Not what I said, and it's sad that you feel that way.  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 11:18 PM   #24 
                 - False dichotomy and how dare you even imply I'm not activist enough?  riderinthestorm   Sep-24-06 11:28 PM   #25 
                    - Not what I implied.  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 11:38 PM   #26 
                       - Your question sounds akin to "When did you stop beating your wife?"  riderinthestorm   Sep-25-06 12:04 AM   #27 
                       - This is a spin-off thread from another  riderinthestorm   Sep-25-06 12:47 AM   #28 
                          - I feel that if Dobson spoke out against torture right now...  Sapphire Blue   Sep-25-06 01:44 AM   #29 
  - georgie boy is not a religious person  Az_lefty   Sep-24-06 10:11 PM   #11 
  - You're right - it means nothing to Bush ...  NanceGreggs   Sep-24-06 10:44 PM   #16 
  - Great  Solly Mack   Sep-24-06 10:14 PM   #12 
  - Hi, Solly Mack!  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 11:01 PM   #22 
  - Thanks for posting this. MSM did not deliver this news to me.  niallmac   Sep-24-06 10:39 PM   #14 
  - You're welcome. (MSM didn't deliver it to me, either.)  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 10:42 PM   #15 
  - Religious Leaders still backing BushCo  ComerPerro   Sep-24-06 10:55 PM   #18 
  - K&R! F torture!  hootinholler   Sep-24-06 10:57 PM   #19 
  - Thanks, hootinholler!  Sapphire Blue   Sep-24-06 11:00 PM   #21 
     - I gave another R!  goclark   Sep-25-06 11:16 AM   #32 
  - Thanks Sapphire Blue...answers my thread from yesterday.  spanone   Sep-25-06 07:40 AM   #31 
  - Thanks for continuuing to bring us the good news!  bobbolink   Sep-25-06 03:44 PM   #33 
  - What is liked so much is not going to be given up  indepat   Sep-25-06 07:30 PM   #34 

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