The Juneau Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) passed the following Minute on Torture and asked that it be shared with the community:
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Juneau Monthly Meeting joins other friends meetings and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in stating our unequivocal belief that torture is wrong. Recognizing that of God in every person, we condemn the use of torture for any purpose. War and terrorism inspire fear, but retaliation and torture do not prevent either war or terrorism. Torture destroys the humanity not only of the tortured but also of those who torture or have knowledge of torture and fail to act to prevent its use.
As friends with a commitment to integrity, we call on the United States to honor its treaty obligations to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, their 1977 protocols, and the UN Conventional against Torture. Not honoring these agreements endangers our own soldiers and civil society itself.
William Penn once said, "A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it."
We find torture to be an evil, and we call on our country to abolish its use of torture now, that we may be a nation which leads with light and integrity.