National Religious Coalition Against Torture Rallies for Truth Commission
Torture is a Moral Issue
You'd think only a Second Coming of some sort could focus the energies of more than 250 religiious organizations representing faiths from all over the globe to one thing, right?
Well, you'd be wrong, of course, since it's happened already because inspired people from almost any religion can recognize "wrong" without requiring a battalion of attorneys to parse what the technical meaning of IS is.
Donald Rumsfeld, well, he ain't so smart, at least not like The National Religious Campaign Against Torture
(NRCAT) is a growing membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, over 250 religious groups have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Orthodox Christians, Unitarian, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities. Members include national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and congregations. Click here for a complete list of NRCAT members
On June 11, 2009, NRCAT held a rally against US-sponsored torture in Lafayette Park close to the White House prior to meeting with officials from the Obama Administration calling for a truth commission to look into all actions taken by the government in our name after September 11, 2001, to make sure no one is ever tortured in our name again.
The foiks at Velvetrevolution.us attended and were able to record the event which they posted in video form to youtube. Yes, it's the same group trying to bring SOME accountability to Dick Cheney's band of 'technically-not-torture' lawyers by seeking their disbarment.
But well before you get distracted, you should sign NRCAT's "Statement of Conscience":
Nothing less is at stake in the torture abuse crisis than the soul of our nation. What does it signify if torture is condemned in word but allowed in deed? Let America abolish torture now -- without exceptions.
Whether you're a practitioner of any faith, or not, all that's required is your conscience and the will to stop this from ever happening again.
Let other people of conscience (with or without faith) know too. Now, check out the rally videos from last week. I've embedded the first segment below but you can catch the rest on this page.