Thursday, January 24, 2008

Torture is a Moral Issue

Dear Friends,
Click here to watch the NRCAT video and to sign "Torture is a Moral Issue"
It's an ongoing pattern that doesn't seem to end.

I was shocked when I saw the photos of the abuses at Abu Ghraib. I was disturbed when I learned that our government uses "enhanced interrogation techniques" and has a program to capture people and send them to countries known to practice torture. This past summer, President Bush issued an Executive Order allowing the CIA to continue to use undefined and undisclosed interrogation methods.

In the fall, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said he wasn't sure whether waterboarding is torture. Some Presidential candidates have said the same. Last month, I learned that the CIA defied a judge's order and destroyed hundreds of hours of interrogation videos, including some that involved waterboarding. And U.S.-sponsored torture persists.

You can help end U.S.-sponsored torture. Join the growing effort by people of faith in the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) who are sending the message loud and clear to Congress, the Administration, the media and the American people: Torture is a moral issue.

Can you sign the "Torture Is a Moral Issue" statement?

Watch the NRCAT video, then read and sign the statement against torture. The statement is also printed below.

Almost 20,000 people of faith have already signed NRCAT's "Torture is a Moral Issue" Statement of Conscience. After signing the statement, along with thousands of others, you will begin to receive important email updates and alerts, giving you the tools to take action in our movement to end torture.

NRCAT was formed to stop U.S.-sponsored torture. It's a coalition of over 140 religious organizations, representing Catholics, evangelical Christians, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Jews, Quakers, Muslims, Unitarian-Universalists, and Sikhs.

I support NRCAT because, as a person of faith, I cannot remain silent while our government ignores our most fundamental values.

People of faith can end U.S.-sponsored torture. But we must amplify our voice so that no member of Congress, the Administration or the media can ignore our message: Torture is a moral issue.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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