Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Faith Groups Celebrate Torture Ban

This has been underreported in the news.  Gentle Readers, especially in the U.S., please flood your local papers, TV stations, and national networks with this story. It needs to get wider attention.  Many, MANY faith groups are applauding the Obama administration’s ban on torture (and related matters) and urging more to be done–like legislation by Congress.  Faith in Public Life has links to many approving statements by faith groups here.  Give the link in that story to the media outlets you contact.  The media story today was that these moves by Obama were welcomed by “liberal civil liberties groups,” but not by either the military (not so, those were retired generals behind Obama’s desk when he signed the Executive Orders and many in the military and intelligence communities had been urging these actions for years) or “average Americans.”  If we can get widespread media coverage of the support by faith leaders, we can give these actions much needed support–and encourage the further actions which are needed.

January 23, 2009 - Posted by | human rights., torture


  1. Underreported?! That’s disgraceful. It’s welcome and very properly headline news in both the UK and New Zealand (and therefore no doubt Australia too).

    Comment by steph | January 24, 2009

  2. What is underreported, Steph, is the support for the torture ban among faith leaders.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | January 24, 2009

  3. Why should they be singled out when our reports don’t say anyone in America opposes the ban. Until I read your post I assumed, like everyone else in the Commonwealth no doubt, that all America embraced it (apart from the hard core ignorant Bushites).

    Comment by steph | January 25, 2009

  4. […] Or … faith groups don’t read the fine print. […]

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  5. You’re being obtuse again Steph.

    Comment by Stephen | April 23, 2009

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