Tag: Torture

Torture Is Iconoclasm
Religion and Politics

Torture Is Iconoclasm

The nomination of Gina Haspel to the position of CIA director is deeply troubling to me, should be deeply troubling to all Americans—and should be most troubling to Orthodox Christians in particular. To explain why this is so, allow me to begin with a historical anecdote. In 1169, the Bishop of Rostov, a stiff-necked and…

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Torture is a Crime — and a Moral Outrage
Ethics, Religion and Politics

Torture is a Crime — and a Moral Outrage

U.S. torture is back in the news. Loopholes left behind by President Obama are about to be exploited by his successor. Consider the following items: Despite Obama’s promises, the camp at Guantanamo Bay — perhaps the most glaring symbol of U.S. torture — was not closed. Our erstwhile president, notorious for half-measures, blamed his failure…

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