Christians for Torture

Ever heard of Chuck Colson? His “How Now Shall We Live” book currently sits on my book shelf. If you haven’t heard the name (And if you’re a Christian I’m willing to bet you have) Colson is a popular Christian Radio host and is founder of Prison Fellowship, a Christian outreach ministry to the prison population and crime victims. Apparently he wrote an article for the Washington Post not so long ago which supplies a Christian justification for torture. Nice! Forget that turn the other cheek stuff, more like turn his cheek over this way so I can jab it with a hot poker.

Read past the break for exactly what he said.

Here’s Colson:

Is torture ever justifiable? Centuries of Christian ethical reflection would lead to the answer “no.” Inflicting bodily or psychological harm on a helpless captive would be inconsistent with the Christian understanding of human dignity. But as with all moral obligations, there may be circumstances for exception.

It is well understood in Christian tradition that while we are supposed to obey the law, there may be times when there is a higher obligation (see Aquinas, Augustine, and Martin Luther King). To rescue a drowning person, a Christian would be justified in disobeying a “no trespassing” sign.

So it is with torture; if a competent authority honestly believed that this was the only way to get information that might save the lives of thousands, I believe he would be justified. That is not moral relativism. It is making a difficult decision when human life and dignity will be affected either way. The Greeks called it prudence.

And I call it disgusting. Like disobeying a no trespassing sign and engaging in “alternative interrogation methods” are the same thing. Colson is setting the groundwork to justify the torture of another human being by Christians serving in the armed forces and US intelligence agencies. What would Jesus do? Water-board apparently. I must have missed that chapter in “How Now Shall We Live”.

 

I Support Barack Obama for President!

It is almost unarguable at this point that the Bush presidency has been the worst in American history. He has made a mess of the economy, a mess of Iraq and Afghanistan, a mess of the judicial system, a mess of everything his greedy hands have touched. As of this writing George Bush has only 426 days left in his second term (426 days too long in my opinion). We as Americans have the responsibility, now more than ever, to choose a President who will succeed him, who will right his wrongs and restore America to the strong responsible country that it could be. Because of this I support Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. He is the one man out of all the candidates with the integrity, the experience, and the courage to change American into what it can become. If you haven’t looked into his views, seen his integrity, or heard his voice of change, I strongly urge you to check out his website (http://www.barackobama.com/) or listen to his interviews and speeches on youtube.

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It’s Me!

I’ve been bored lately…really bored. So I decided to start blogging. I’ve heard the best thing to do when you start a blog is to tell a little bit about yourself, so hear goes! I’m from Cincinnati Ohio, a liberal democrat (yeah I know that usually doesn’t fit with Cincinnati) and an athiest (although that usually goes with liberal…I know, I know I’m so cliche). When I was in college I was a pastoral ministry major (what?! haha not so cliche after all!) and in the next year or so I’m planning on going back to school to get an art degree of some sort, whether it be in web design or animation I still haven’t decided.I work at Cincinnati/Northern KY International airport which makes my traveling hobby a lot easier to support (I fly for free! Aren’t you jealous?!). I’ve been all over the world, from Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, Toledo (Spain not Ohio, though I’ve been to the one in Ohio too) Paris, Chartres, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Vegas, Boston, San Fran, D.C, New York, and Honolulu Hawaii. My next trip will take me all over Japan starting the day after Christmas. And next year I’ve got trips to the Carribean, China, and Brazil planned. I’m hoping to go to Africa at some point too. That would mean I’ve been on every continent except Antarctica…hmmm Antarctica!….Nah! I’m not a big fan of the cold (although I do enjoy penguins!) plus Delta doesn’t fly there. Continue reading