'Abolish torture now,' religious leaders say

Inhumane treatment called morally intolerable
Twenty-seven U.S. religious figures, including some evangelical Christians, have endorsed a strong statement against the use of torture by the American military and security forces, saying “the soul of our nation” is at stake.

“Let America abolish torture now—without exceptions,” concluded the short statement by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in an ad in the June 13 New York Times.

Evangelical signers included author-pastor Rick Warren, president Ted Haggard of the National Association of Evangelicals, Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw and Roberta Hestenes, minister-at-large with World Vision.

The campaign, founded at Princeton Theological Seminary in January by theology professor George Hunsinger, released its statement June 6.


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