Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Why Would Jesus Not-Torture?

Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has admitted he is firmly against torture, after meeting in Des Moines with a group of human-rights-minded military personnel. He includes waterboarding in his definition, though it's unclear whether he would also include needles inserted beneath fingernails or all other "unpleasant" interrogation techniques.

Ironic, though, that the candidate some believe is “too moral” to be President would oppose torture not because it’s immoral, but because it supposedly wouldn’t work. (Hear his logic in this stream from NPR.)

“If only” torture were effective, no problem; Christian ethics per se be damned.

1 comment:

irprof said...

This is of course typical of how Republicans are falling over themselves to pander to the worst elements of the right wing. You might as easily ask "who would Jesus deport" or "who would Jesus deny health care". The disingenuous argument, used last week, that "Jesus was too smart to run for office" gets no one off the hook...the issue is what what Jesus would want YOU to to. Render unto Caeser what is Caeser's? Sure, but that doesn't mean you have to like it when Caeser is torturing people and you can stop it.

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