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.
Torture Awareness Month
June is Torture Awareness Month, a time when people of faith come together to oppose any use of torture as a violation of the human rights of all God’s people.
The 2014 theme is “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity”. Together we will honor survivors of torture, take action to ensure that the truth of the clandestine U.S. torture program after 9/11 is made public, and pray for national repentance and healing toward the restoration of human dignity for all. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites you, and your local church, to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating Torture Awareness Month.
We invite you to use the resources provided by our partners at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
- Download their toolkit to assist you and your congregation in planning educational, advocacy and worship events.
- Check out their activity ideas.
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.