Santorum Supports Torture

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Editor:

When I “introduced” ALEC to Payson Roundup readers, I intended only to provide facts. However, Mr. Branson responded emotionally saying he wished ALEC were open to all “true Americans ... but it is reserved for legislators.” Does that mean our legislators are not “true Americans?”

He later writes that Rick Santorum and Cathi Herrod can wear their membership as badges of honor and refers to their strong moral values. He credits Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith for his pro-life views. It is strange to me that his values violate the basic tenants of his faith when he supports torture. I believe he calls it “enhanced interrogation.” He claims to be seriously Catholic, but believes in torture to satisfy hatred which is contrary not only to Catholic moral values, but to all Christian religious values. He is out of the running now, but he is not the only candidate to shamelessly defend torture.

He is a rare moral man, against contraception, but supports torture. He and Cathi Herrod and many others wish to force their beliefs on to the lives of others.

My friends and family advised me to let go. I had informed readers and that should be enough. However my liberal, socialist-leaning Christian mind which suggests that we are all our brothers’ keeper, wouldn’t let me be silent.

Sylvia Freeman

Comments

Tim Branson 2 years, 3 months ago

Sorry Sylvia. Once again you've been duped by distortions. When liberals accused Rick Santorum of "loving torture" they took his words completely out of context. Not unusual at all for left-wingers of the lame-stream media. The poor liberals think news companies have the final word on truth. If a newscaster says it, it has to be true. And if they just happen to be wrong once in a while it's just an innocent mistake. Yeah, right! Secondly, Sylvia does not take the time to let us know the definition of torture or decide what exactly is meant by torture. The concept of torture is so vague no one seems to be absolutely sure how to classify each method. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2297) says, "Torture which uses physical or moral violence to extract confessions, punish the guilty, frighten opponents, or satisfy hatred is contrary to respect for the person and for human dignity." The 1984 United Nations Convention on Torture called it "the intentional infliction of severe pain." The words violence and severe are themselves somewhat vague. Who draws the line - and where? We all know that burning, breaking limbs, drawing and quartering are real torture. But what about less extreme interrogation techniques like sleep deprivation, being kept under harsh temperatures, or water-boarding (causes a brief panic-induced sensation of drowning but does not physically harm or injure)? Putting someone in solitary confinement might be torture to one person and a peaceful retreat to someone else. The point is, if you're trying to show that someone is a hypocrite, get your facts straight. Rick Santorum is not a sadist. Nor is he contradicting his faith. He knows the power of persuasion can be a useful tool to save lives. If someone, using sleep deprivation on a terrorist, had been able to extract information about the attacks on 9/11 before they happened would that person be wrong to save over 2,000 lives just by making the terrorist uncomfortable? Listen to your friends and family, Sylvia. Let it go. Being your brother/sister's keeper is more complicated than you think.

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