"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

3.12.2007

who would jesus torture?

Well, it's about three years too late, but the National Association of Evangelicals has endorsed a statement opposing the use of torture by the U.S. government in the war on terror. The NAE's DC policy director Richard Cizik says it's not a critique of the Bush administration, but the Bush administration is the reason we're torturing suspects, so it's hard to see how it isn't some kind of (very necessary) critique.

I have long maintained that the use of torture, indefinite detention without charge or trial, and wiretapping without a warrant are morally wrong. When we don't abide by the rule of law, and by standards that acknowledge the basic humanity and worth of every individual (even those who are our enemies), we lose the moral high ground in this fight.

It's interesting that the NAE did this now, especially with the amount of criticism Cizik has been taking for his stance on global warming. Let's see how long it takes James Dobson and Jerry Falwell to issue a rebuttal. My money's on tomorrow, and whatever they say, it will probably include language about how the NAE supposedly doesn't represent mainstream conservative values and that violence is sometimes Biblically justified.

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