Posts tagged "torture"
The Different Kinds of Hunger: Ramadan at Guantanamo

The Different Kinds of Hunger: Ramadan at Guantanamo

By Sajida Jalalzai. A hunger strike at Guantanamo during Ramadan reveals contradictions about religion, ethics, and prisoners' rights.
The Longest Hunger Strike

The Longest Hunger Strike

By Ann Neumann There are two places in the U.S. where you can be fed against your will: a Catholic hospital and a prison.
On Not Enjoying Zero Dark Thirty... For the Right Reasons.

On Not Enjoying Zero Dark Thirty… For the Right Reasons.

By Angela ZitoThis is The War. The War is far, far away, on a screen. It is terrible and distant. And most of us have never been made uncomfortable by it for a nanosecond.

The Third Baptism

Sarah Sentilles writes at Religion Dispatches today that Trevor Case's alleged waterboarding of his girlfriend is unsurprising considering our "torture culture," rates of domestic violence and historical religious precedent:
In his 2008 article “Torture and Religious Practice,” William Schweiker traces the Christian roots of waterboarding, which was used, for example, during the Spanish...

Making Torture Beautiful

Making Torture Beautiful 11 June 2005 by Jeff Sharlet In 1989, Andres Serrano dunked a crucifix in a vat of urine and took a photograph of it and called it “Piss Christ.” It was beautiful. Lush, and also far from blasphemous; indeed, it seemed squarely in the sturdiest tradition of artistic reverence for the sacrifice Christ...

The Menstrual Technique

The Washington Post follows AP’s lead a week late in reporting on sexual interrogation tactics used at Guantanomo to religiously humiliate Muslim prisoners. What explains the time lag? The Pentagon has issued a report confirming that the “techniques” — including the smearing of fake menstrual blood to stop prisoners from praying — were, in fact, employed....

Open Letter to Gonzales

225 Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders, organized by Church Folks for a Better America, have written an open letter to Alberto Gonzales to condemn the use of torture under any circumstances, and to embrace international laws regarding human rights before he is confirmed as attorney general. The letter appeals to Gonzales as “a self-professed evangelical...