The UN Convention Against Torture states that torture should be abolished because it violates "human dignity." From your perspective, what is wrong with torture? Should perpetrators be prosecuted? What does your faith tradition have to say about torture?
Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham on April 29, 2009 12:31 AM
In our 'thealogy,' the Goddess is immanent in every human being. Torture is a desecration of the sacred. It dehumanizes both the victims and the perpetrators, who must warp their souls and shut off any sense of empathy or compassion to carry it out. It erodes the moral ground we stand on when we as a nation allow torture in our name.
The very notion of torture sickens me. I am almost 100% certain that it must always be opposed. But I live with the awareness that if it was my kid and I genuinely believed that torture would save their lives, I might think differently.
Posted by Brad Hirschfield, on May 11, 2009 9:29 AM
Truth is the bedrock of morality--and the fount of religious wisdom. In the last few years, however, Americans became morally stupid about torture. That there is even the appearance of a debate about torture illustrates how disconnecting truth from reality makes you morally stupid.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on April 28, 2009 8:16 AM