The Common Good

Working Against Torture

Torture is a moral issue. On Sept. 11-12, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia, Christians will be sharing their grave concerns over the United States' position on this practice at "A National Summit on Torture: Religious Faith, Torture, and our National Soul."

In order to bring this subject to the forefront of the church's dialogue, Sojourners is proud to help sponsor the conference, alongside Mercer University, Evangelicals for Human Rights, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture -- in cooperation with the Center for Victims of Torture, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Faith and the City, Faith in Public Life, Evangelicals for Social Action, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

The two days will look at the path the U.S. has taken since Sept. 11, 2001, and the ways we can, without exceptions, reject torture. A variety of speakers and faith backgrounds will be represented, so all are welcome and all should join in. It will be an open dialogue and discussion, and will set the example for the type of discourse needed to achieve success against torture.

Please take a look at the Web site for "A National Summit on Torture: Religious Faith, Torture, and our National Soul," and register to attend.

Chuck Gutenson is chief operating officer of Sojourners.

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