The Washington Region Religious Council Against Torture is protesting this morning as our not-so-beloved president signs the Millitary Commissions Act. Among many other dangerous providions, the bill suspends habeas corpus and allows George W. Bush to define what constitutes torture.
Protestors are gathering in front of the White House at 9 a.m.
The Council notes:
Any policies that permit torture, inhumane treatment and indefinite detention are shocking and morally intolerable. Lack of judicial oversight allows torture, abusive treatment and unjustifiable detention to continue without challenge.Among the speakers at the event are:
Torture violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions hold dear. It degrades everyone involved - policy-makers, perpetrators and victims. It contradicts our nation's most cherished ideals.
- Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, Maryland; Rabbis for Human Rights; National Religious Campaign Against Torture
- Rev. Scott Alexander, River Road Unitarian Church, Bethesda, Maryland
- Rev. Dr. Janet Parker, Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington, Virginia
- Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center
- Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights
Some of In This Moment's previous coverage of the bill can be found here and here.