During the exact time that the so-called “compromise” on torture was being discussed in Congress, religious leaders gathered in Palo Alto to make their concerns about torture heard loud and clear. Muslims, Jews, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Quakers, Buddhists and others shared prayers of repentance and intercession for our country at this critical time.

As their “Religious Leaders Statement Against Torture” was read, those present who had signed the statement stood in front of the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church. Over 150 religious leaders, local and national, and 17 religious organizations endorsed the statement, “Any policies that permit torture and inhumane treatment are shocking and morally intolerable. Nothing less than the soul of our nation is at stake on this issue.”. . .

From the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Sameena Usman offered a prayer in Arabic and English, “I pray that God will guide us all on the straight path, may God restore the sanctity of human life, may he protect people all around the world from the evil of torture regardless of faith, race or nationality, may he bring us all together in his fold of peace and justice.”


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