Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the us senate intelligence committee’s long-awaited report on the us use of torture during the george w bush administration while the full 6,000-page report is classified, a 525-page summary was released on tuesday the report found that cia. Mark my comment as a response to quran & torture - quranic torture - islamic torture by mina email me if someone replies to my comment note: opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of daniel pipes. Torture and just war theory, or, gary bauer is a horrible little man digby wonders what it is with putatively religious folks like gary bauer trying to justify torture there’s no explaining why bauer is such a creep.
Cesare beccaria says that torture is cruel and barbaric and a violation of the principle that no one should be punished until proven guilty in a court of law in other words it is the “right of power” (1764. The most substantial problem with locking people up, though, was that early american prisons could be less humane than the death and torture they were meant to replace being incarcerated even briefly could be tantamount to execution. Status: inquisition in the catholic church benjamin d wicker to assess the inquisition properly, we must distinguish between the principle which undergirded it, and the actions of those responsible for implementing the principle.
Torture was formally abolished by european governments in the 19th century, and the actual practice of torture decreased as well during that period. In addition to revealing clear violations of the un convention against torture, the senate investigation shows that claims by senior cia officials that torture is effective are far from true. More on torture in my previous post , john hobbins helpfully pointed to an old post where the subject was discussed david luban of the georgetown university law center, in the article i linked to previously , discussed what he terms the “classic paper on torture” by henry shue from 1978.
Torture is a moral issue: a catholic study guide introduction consistently view it as a violation of the human person’s god-given dignity chapter 2 focuses on torture itself, and the reasons why it is a source of such concern for the church at overview of the church’s reasons for opposing torture. During the last few weeks in washington the pieties about torture have lain so thick in the air that it has been impossible to have a reasoned discussion in the name of islam with precisely. Torture is a window into hell, with a satanic god cast as a human sadist i believe one cannot grasp the role of torture in the imagination without integrating its metaphysical resonance torture rehearses eternal damnation.
The national commission against torture is chaired by a physi- cian, dr pedro castillo, who is also the national counselor of the medical association of chile and a former prisoner of conscience of the national academy of sciences' committee on human rights. Aeschylus, in his trilogy prometheus, added various new features to it, for, according to him, prometheus himself is an immortal god, the friend of the human race, the giver of fire, the inventor of the useful arts, an omniscient seer, an heroic sufferer, who is overcome by the superior power of zeus, but will not bend his inflexible mind. I think that in the end, the people who torture terrorists are going to find themselves in hell right beside those very same terrorists, as are the church goers and pastors who rally in support of torture 2 john 1: 11 says “for he that biddeth him god speed is partaker of his evil deeds. The acts of torture described in the senate intelligence committee's report violated the god-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong congress and the president should act to strengthen the legal prohibitions against torture and to ensure that this never happens again.
Victims never forget torture but if recent events are any guide, our country wants to us to forget that americans inflicted torture in our name. The ticking time bomb scenario is a thought experiment that has been used in the ethics debate over whether torture can ever be justified as a thought experiment, there is no need that the scenario be plausible it need only serve to highlight ethical considerations. In summary then, torture demeans and damages humans who were purposed by god, who are loved by god and for whom christ lived and died it is a breaking of both old and new testament commandments and a damage to the moral structure of both individual human beings and the society that uses and enables it.