A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

There's been quite a number of folks who occupy the halls of power and media who speak of moral values. But speaking of such things and actually possessing moral authority are two different things. Today our country faces a moral crises of historic proportions and how we respond will shape us for better or worse for some time to come. The issue is over the abandonment of human rights done under the auspices of the war on terror.

We've seen the widespread use of torture with prisoners Guantanamo and Iraq. And it's clear that many in this administration, authorized and then sought ways to not be held accountable for this practice. A number of those responsible for such actions are now being rewarded by apppointment, including Alberto Gonzalez for attorney general. And when torture was not done by this government they flew prisoners to other countries where torture is more regularily practiced.

Then we get the news that those who were not tried for any crime, held without due process are to be held indefintely and this administration is seeking to build more long term prisons to do this. And according to Newsweek consideration of a "Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support, and possibly train Iraqi squads . . . to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria". It's being called the Salvadoran option, named after the El Salvador death squads which killed tens of thousands in the 80s.

Bush's re-election has been seen by many to be an endorsement of this sad episode in our nation's history. I hope they are wrong. But it will take consistent criticism and organized opposition to such practices, so as to at least provide a voice to those who will not stand with such things. Some on the right have tried to rationalize such practices. What is especially disapointing is the silence of many evangelical groups. Mainline protestants on the other hand have raised their voice of opposition to these practices.

Any help folks reading this site can offer in finding out how religious groups and movements are responding to this situation. Are there evangelical leaders and groups I'm missing who have without equivocation condemned the use of torture by this administration? A number of groups claim to speak with authority, even boast about their own superior ethos, but if they remain silent over one of the central moral issues of our time, they have lost any possible moral authority.


At 12:15 AM , Blogger Leslie said...


I wish we could see more of you intelligent, informed and reality based religous left wingers!

I am personally not religous, though I am quite spiritual. It pleases me to read your words and know that not everyone who goes to church is a fundimentalist!

You really should get out more! Let the world know that American Christianity has been hijacked by the fundi's!

Again, thanks! And I hope you don't mind if I blog your blog! ;-) That's what we do isn't it!



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