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To Torture or Not to Torture

Updated on January 3, 2015

Does Torturing Conflict with America's values?

To torture, or not to torture?

Can torturing save lives? Who knows? Could torture have prevented 9/11? We can't be sure. Some say people being tortured will say anything to save themselves, whether it is true or not. They believe information gained from torture may or may not be reliable.

Others say, if our enemies torture, why shouldn't we? After all, The Old Testament – preaches “an eye for an eye”. On the other hand, The New Testament says “if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

So, I ask my Christian friends, what would Jesus say?

One definition defines torture as “Something that causes severe pain.” I think waterboarding does that. Certainly rectal forcing would be very painful. Do we want to see who can torture the most cruelly? There is an old adage that says “Never get in a pissing contest with a skunk”. If they behead prisoners, should we? Or, as Americans, should we hold ourselves to a higher standard? If it is wrong for them to torture us, then wouldn't it be wrong for us to torture them.? Isn't torture always wrong, no matter who does it? Another old adage says "Two wrongs don't make a right."

But if we don't torture, what should we do with the terrorists we capture? Execute them? Imprison them for life? Free them?


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