Violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions hold dear.
Degrades everyone involved--policy-makers, perpetrators and victims.
Contradicts our nation's most cherished ideals.
Undermines respect for the U.S. and its traditional moral authority.
Endangers our military personnel.
A time comes when silence is betrayal . . . We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness so close around us.
We are men and women of faith and conscience living in the Washington, D.C./Suburban Maryland/Northern Virginia area. We are joined together on a non-partisan basis in profound opposition to torture and cruel and inhuman practices by anyone for any purpose.
Although our beliefs are rooted in many different religions, and although we worship in different ways and in different languages, we stand firmly united and unswerving on this crucial moral issue.
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The Definition of Torture
"The term 'torture' means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third party information or a confession." From the Convention Against Torture, ratified by the U.S. in 1994.