FAITH GROUPS MUST STEP UP OPPOSITION TO TORTURE

...the Bush administration has again defended "harsh interrogation techniques" that all previous American administrations condemned as torture. Further, despite the U.S. Constitution's clear ban (in the 8th Amendment) on "cruel and unusual punishment," and our obligation to uphold signed and ratified treaties (and the Constitution places ratified treaties as equal to the Constitution itself as "supreme law of the land") banning torture and all "cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishment," Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court (THE legal hero of the U.S. Right, including the Christian Right) defended "so-called torture" before a British audience. (This has led the National Lawyers' Guild to call for Scalia to recuse himself in all interrogation-related cases. I wonder if it is grounds for his impeachment. We have never impeached a sitting Supreme Court Justice, but this seems a clear violation of his oath to defend the Constitution.)

Most disturbing, because most unexpected, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who was tortured (including by waterboarding) as a P.O.W. in Vietnam, recently reversed his longstanding opposition to U.S. torture and torture-lite, by voting against a new law which would classify waterboarding explicitly as torture and require the CIA and others to abide by the U.S. Army Field Manual interrogation standards (which rule out waterboarding). McCain has tried to explain away his vote and claim that he has not flip-flopped on this issue, but it is a clear departure from his previously strong opposition.

RLCC: As well-intentioned as is Michael Westmoreland-White (who is much closer to the kingdom than the vast majority), the way is not through the system but rather to end it peacefully by displacing it with real Christianity. We are to bring forth the giving-and-sharing system (the New Commandment, the Christian Commons) advocated by our founder, Jesus Christ. That's our job.

As for Scalia and McCain, I don't vote and I'm not working within the worldly system anymore, but I wouldn't choose either to follow, regardless.

I'm in the world working to bring in a completely different one that can't rise out of the former. I want all people calling themselves Christians to come to the same vision. Please join with me in that.

Originally by Michael Westmoreland-White from Levellers on February 20, 2008, 2:10pm

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