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Friday, July 29, 2005

What Part of “Love Your Neighbor” Don’t You Understand?

Remember the two greatest commandments Jesus talked about? Love God, Love your neighbor? How is it that Christians can stand by and allow our government to not only engage in torture, but threaten those who wish to write legislation to outlaw torture. Thanks again to Becky, I learned that the Bush administration has issued a threat against Republican John McCain and at least 10 other Republican senators who are proposing legislation to stop the U.S. military from engaging in “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees, from hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, and from using interrogation methods not authorized by a new Army field manual.”

Conservative Christians have been very vocal the past few years about America being a Christian nation. Bill Clinton’s immorality certainly aroused their claims that we need to have a man we can trust in the White House. How is using coercion to continue to allow torture a “Christian value?” Why aren’t Christians outraged? Can somebody please find an example of a Conservative Christian leader speaking out against this egregious violation of human rights? How can we love our neighbors and allow them to be tortured?

In Al Mohler's Blog today, he stated the following:

"A world which has in the last century alone witnessed the horrors of Auschwitz, the Soviet gulag, the Cambodian killing fields, Nazi "medicine," and two world wars has no reason to trust its own "values." Chesterton once remarked that the mark of the barbarian is "the sacrifice of the permanent to the temporary." In the midst of a new barbarism, it is the church's task to speak permanent truths to a rebellious world. The church, too, will reap what it sows."
Unfortunately, he was only speaking about abortion, not the human rights of all persons. I wish that Conservative Christians could see the connection here. A survey of Baptist Press articles revealed that there are 1186 articles on abortion and only 131 articles on torture. Many of the articles on torture are condemning North Korea and China. Surprisingly, some articles listed on the "torture" search were actually about abortion, homosexuality, and the Passion of the Christ.


At 6:57 PM, Blogger JTapp said...

I agree with adding amendments to further humane treatment of the "detainees" in places like Gitmo. I don't understand any of the logic of not adding them. Currently, when the U.S. wants someone tortured for interrogation, we send them to places like Egypt anyway where they have no such laws. We'll continue to get no help from our usual allies as long as we abstain from having these humanitarian provisions in our own laws and practice.

At 1:36 AM, Blogger john_m_burt said...

I wish to concur, and also to repeat my objection to the use of the cutesy term "Gitmo" to describe the Guantanemulag.


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