Thursday, April 23, 2009

Torture - The Spokane Connection

Well, my ribs are healing and my shoulder pain isn't because it's busted up; no, I have arthritis. The heck with it. I'm doing all the things I used to do. I was about to go nuts just resting.

Amy Goodman was just down the road a piece at our local PBS station. She discussed Spokane's unfortunate connection to torture.

Torture brings sadness and shame to Spokane
Before President Obama made his position clear on investigating and prosecuting torture, I would have given him a low grade for his first 100 days. I'm very glad he clarified his position in favor of human rights.

The whole story must come out. Those who were responsible and participated must be prosecuted. In the meantime there are medical and legal professionals who should lose their license to practice.

Sheppard Smith spoke out, somewhat courageously considering he works at FOX propaganda network, against these policies, that are clearly torture.

Sometimes the 'F word' is the most appropriate word...

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

We are not a Christian nation

I haven't been doing much, especially here since I got hurt. It might stay that way for a while because it's still painful to sit at this computer. But I couldn't pass this up.

Obama to Turkey: We are not a Christian nation

Christopher Hitchens debates Kenneth Blackwell, from the Family Research Council

It doesn’t matter what our founding fathers believed about their own personal faith. To be a Christian nation we would have to act like one. We would have to be the servant of all and as a nation make meaningful sacrifices for the good of all people. We would have to love those who hate us and wish to do us harm , pray for them, ask that they be blessed, forgive them and do good things for them as well. Far too many times we Christians have excused crimes against humanity done in our name. Our nation has too often placed into power or supported dictators guilty of many human rights atrocities for what is perceived as some short term foreign policy benefit. Often these arrangements are made for the profit of powerful international corporations. A short list of sins against our neighbors would include; detention of innocents, accepting the use of torture, tolerance of the killing of innocent women and children as just a casualty of war, participating in and profiting from the arms trade, and supporting cruel and unjust economic policies in the third world. ‘God bless the whole world-no exceptions’.