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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Take Action to Stop Torture - Call Senators Today

Ariel Dorfman is the Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Professor of Latin American Studies at Duke University. He has written an editorial in the Washington Post on torture, which struck me very deeply. In it he says that torture not only contaminates the victim, the perpetrator and any intelligence that might be gathered, but it also contaminates anyone who stands by and lets it happen. To see it, go to the following link:

I know that tomorrow I am calling my Senators and asking them to vote against any legislation that compromises our adherence to the Geneva Conventions and letting them know that I believe that torture is a moral issue, contrary to the true values of our country and our religion. Also, most experts agree that it doesn't work - other methods of interrogation are more effective.

Amnesty International is having a campaign aimed at influencing the current discussion in the Senate seeking a "compromise" on allowing torture to occur in our detention facilities. You can find more information on their website -

See Pastor Kevin's blog for a more in-depth analysis of this subject and, if you feel led to, call your Senators.


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