Christian Professor: Five Reasons Torture is Always Wrong

June 13, 2006 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

It is a wonderful sight to see Christians starting to speak out against torture, as Professor Gushee is doing. He gives five very good reasons why torture is always wrong:

1. Torture violates the dignity of the human being.
2. Torture mistreats the vulnerable and violates the demands of justice.
3. Authorizing torture trusts government too much.
4. Torture dehumanizes the torturer.
5. Torture erodes the character of the nation that tortures.

The only justification that torture supporters have is the ticking-time-bomb scenario. But that being so very rare, how can that even be considered a justification for the practice generally speaking? It cannot. There is no justification. Period.


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  1. Does tickling count?

  2. do you mean torture the tickler or the ticklee?

  3. Does tickling someone count as torture? My wife thinks it does.

  4. i guess some, who happen to get tickled on a more frequent occasion see it as torture, but for the rest of us, who mete it out? we love it! šŸ™‚

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