Wednesday, April 12, 2006

For your contemplation

Five Reasons Torture is always wrong.

Christianity Today is an unlikely source for me. I've deep and long-term philosophical differences with self-identified Christianity. Nonetheless, many of my friends profess to be Christians, which declaration always makes me squirm a bit--then I feel sort of dirty, as if I'd said "some of my best friends are straight...(or black, or queer, or fill-in-the-blank.)"

So a thank you nod to TNH over at Making Light, for her Particles in the sidebar.

At some point we must, all of us, make a stand that wrong is wrong is wrong.

Torture is wrong.


Unique said...

Gee, Mac - do I make you squirm and feel dirty?

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? :D

Dawno said...

I'm very glad to see that article. I fear, however, that it's preaching to the choir. The ones who need to hear this will be listening to foam at the mouth ultra chauvinistic preachers who perpetuate the "United States has been blessed by God and can do no wrong as long as a Godly man (aka, ultra Religious Right, i.e., Bush) is in the White House"

They are the kind of folk who back in the 15th century couldn't wait to become 'interrogators' for the Spanish Inquisition - "do whatever it takes to do the will of God"...*sigh*

Dr. Richard Scott Nokes said...

You can say some of your best friends are Christian ... after all, one basic Christian belief is that, like it or not, you've got a friend in Jesus.

*starts humming "What a Friend I Have in Jesus" to annoy her*

Mac said...

Heh--No, Unique. You don't make me feel that discomfort--nor do you, Dr. Nokes. Heh. Although that particular song has the desired fingernails on chalkboard effect, I'll admit.

It's that realization of my own deeply -held aversion to Christianity in general, that makes me squirmy. It feels uncomfortably like it feels when you find racist or sexist beliefs, deeply buried, but nonetheless there. Sort of like stepping in something nasty on the floor of my own brain. *grin*