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wildflower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-04 12:58 PM
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"Christians must oppose torture" (LTTE from York, PA)
Christians must oppose torture
Sunday, December 19, 2004

I want no torture done in my name. I oppose the use of torture of any kind, for any reason. My definition of torture is this: If an action were being done to you and you would call it torture, then its torture when done to anyone else. We have ample evidence that our government is torturing people at Guantanamo, at Abu Ghraib, and God only knows where else.
I am distressed that this torture is being done in my name, by my government, with my tax money. Are our leaders so morally bankrupt that they think they can justify such obscenities? Does the end ever justify immoral means? I believe our leaders should be held to the highest moral standards, not sink to the lowest. Mr. Bushs nomination of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general is chilling, since Gonzales wrote the memos for the administration rationalizing the use of torture in this ill-fated war on terror.

I believe the use of torture by the United States is a moral crisis. Because I love my country, I must speak out against this horror. Because I am a Christian, I must speak out against this horror. I want no part of such a shameful national policy. I call on my representatives in Congress to stop all torture, and insist that basic human rights and Geneva Conventions rules be guaranteed for all people, including prisoners. I want no torture done in my name.

http://ydr.com/story/letters/53134/
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-04 01:13 PM
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1. Very good letter
That is a TRUE christian person, not a wild-eyed fundie. This person apparently believes in the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". I call it Karma, whatever, its a good rule to live by. We need more real christians to speak out against the evils that this "administration" are unleashing against the world in the name of either "anti-terror" or "Christianity". You see, there are some who are sick and tired of the word christian being hijacked by the fundies.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-04 02:11 PM
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2. Christianity, like Islam is being hijacked
by those people who are not following the teachings of their prophets. The LTTE was spot on, and I hope other people chime in with similar ones.
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MsConduct Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-04 02:23 PM
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4. So true! The Golden Rule is so simple, I don't understand why
everyone can't grasp the concept.
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MsConduct Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-04 02:17 PM
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3. Great letter. The sad thing is that 'holy wars' have been fought
since man discovered that we all don't think alike. How about a letter that says "Humans oppose torture"?
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oneold1-4u Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-04 03:01 PM
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5. "my tax money"
Recently on a mes. board, the suggestion was made for people to ignore paying any taxes or even filing any forms in April.
It is possible to do this with little repercussion for a period of at least 3 years or if concerned one can apply for time extensions. (at least 2) If at the end of extensions or 3 years everyone files a form left open for the government to do your taxes whether you owe any or not, will definitely cause some problems for this regime.
I have to keep saying that until we step into their clothing we will not ever know what is under the "wool" or how low under can be!
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