Lisa your last entry has stuck like glue. I followed the link; read that article and did a little more research. Oh, what a tangled web we’ve woven. Trouble is the only folks we’ve deceived are ourselves.
I’m not sure how the pollers came up with their sample. Less than eight hundred people: all white. White evangelical Protestants, white non Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants and presumably white unaffiliated individuals. Is it easier to say it’s ok because frankly none of these people are likely to end up being tortured? They sure as hell don’t face the threat of being stopped for DWB (driving while black) or being targeted by la migra (INS) or an over zealous county sheriff.
WTF is going on here? Is it easier to justify “enhanced interrogation” techniques because you can’t imagine yourself, your family, your friends or your neighbors being on the receiving end of waterboarding, being slammed in walls, suspended by your arms for hours on end, doused in cold water and left naked in a cold room, or even being stuffed in a box about the size of a coffin? Do too many of us check our empathy or sympathy at the sanctuary door?
What happened to the greatest commandment:“Do unto others as you would have done unto you and love your neighbor as yourself; this fulfills the law and the prophets?” (or words to that effect)
Or in Matthew 25? I’ll assume for the sake of argument that at least the evangelicals are familiar with those verses. We’re told that if we care for the sick, the widows, the orphans or the prisoners we are caring for Jesus himself. If this is true; then who are we torturing?