UCC Against Torture
Torture happens throughout the world and most countries want it to stop. It is illegal, but that doesn’t prevent it from occurring. Because prisons, jails, immigrant detention facilities, mental health institutions, youth detention facilities, and other places of detention are often not monitored, torture and abuse can occur – often by guards and other employees.
Torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment are contrary to our faith traditions and beliefs regarding the integrity of creation and fundamental dignity of the human being.
As people of faith, we have an obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves and ensure that no person is tortured or abused.
Close Guantanamo - January 2014 Events
January 11, 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. January also marks five years since President Obama pledged to close the detention facility. For several years faith groups have used the anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo to call for its closure.
Guantanamo Bay is a symbol of our nation’s use of torture. Closing the detention facility at Guantanamo is one of the steps needed to end U.S.-sponsored torture forever. Our partners at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture have several opportunities for you to engage in advocacy as we mark this anniversary:
January 11, 2014 - Prayer Circle across the United States
What: Join a prayer circle calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Detention Center. Your prayers can be a reading, meditation, reflection, etc. Pray for lifting up the detained men, lifting up the need for the United States to be a leader in human rights, for the President to act quickly to close Guantanamo, etc.
When: 12:00pm EST or another time of your choosing.
Join and share NRCAT's Facebook event page. Post and share your prayers and reflections on the event page. You can also use #Pray2CloseGitmo and #CloseGitmo when posting. A sample prayer is available here. Let them know if you will be joining in the Prayer Circle by filling out this form.
January 11, 2014 - Rally in Washington, DC
What: Rally and witness calling for the closing of Guantanamo, a symbol of our country's violation of its deepest values
Where: Gather at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW) and then there will be a procession to the Mall.
Print and share this flyer about the event. Click here to join the Facebook event. Finally, let NRCAT know if you will be particpating by filling out this form.
Fact Not Fiction Campaign
The UCC has partnered with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to spread the word about a new effort focused on the movie Zero Dark Thirty. Although Zero Dark Thirty is a critically acclaimed film nominated for several awards, the film implies – inaccurately – that torture led to critical intelligence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
It is important that peole know the facts about this movie, and the facts about torture. Torture is immoral, illegal, and counterproductive. Will you help share this message? More information is available at NRCAT Fact Not Fiction Campaign
How Can You Get Involved?
We are happy to help you in implementing these tasks. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Michael Neuroth - firstname.lastname@example.org; 202.543.1517.