“What we say about the intentional cruelty of U.S. soldiers, spies, and shadowy ‘contractors’ is what we have said about the same cruelty by others: it degrades us all, and must be renounced and repented of before the Living God, whose eye sees into every hidden cell and secret budget allocation. Our basis for speaking: Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, was tortured to death, first by being flogged, and then by a slow form of capital punishment. Thus we join countless patriots in saying; ‘This is not America.’ But deeper down we know, too: ‘This is not Christian.’”
That is a quote from the Resolution on Human Rights in a Time of Terrorism and Torture, which was produced by the 217th General Assembly of PC(USA) in 2006. Perhaps the Bush administration enshrined torture as policy, but the Obama administration has done little to actually confront the culture of torture. In some regards, the consolidation of power and lack of transparency needed for such a culture to exist have been strengthened.
The International Day against Torture is tomorrow. May issues of substance like that be brought to the forefront in the election campaigns.
As the resolution states: “‘This is not America.’ But deeper down we know, too: ‘This is not Christian.’”