US Evangelical Christians against Bush’s use of torture


This video is called Inside Abu Ghraib Pt. 1 (Iraq prison camp, CBC).

From British daily The Guardian:

Evangelical Christians attack use of torture by US

Ed Pilkington in New York

Tuesday March 13, 2007

The uncoupling of American evangelism from the administration of George Bush gathered pace yesterday when one of the largest national umbrella groups of socially conservative Christians issued a statement critical of US policy towards detainees and repudiating torture as a tactic in the war on terror.

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), which represents about 45,000 churches across America, endorsed a declaration against torture drafted by 17 evangelical scholars.

The authors, who call themselves Evangelicals for Human Rights and campaign for “zero tolerance” on torture, say that the US administration has crossed “boundaries of what is legally and morally permissible” in the treatment of detainees.

“Tragically, documented cases of torture and inhumane and cruel behaviour have occurred at various sites in the war on terror, and current law opens procedural loopholes for more to continue,” the NAE said last night.

The strong alliance between Christian evangelicals and Mr Bush, an important key to his electoral successes, has been tested in recent months with the Mark Foley scandal over his attraction towards male teenage pages in Congress, and perceived corruption in parts of the Republican party.

One in three white evangelicals voted for Democratic candidates in last November’s mid-term elections, a rise on the 2004 presidential elections.

See also here.

Torture in 24 on Fox TV: here.

High level approval of British torture in Iraq: here.

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