The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), which represents about 45,000 churches across America, has endorsed a declaration against torture. First they issued a declaration that "creation care," the way we treat the environment, is a moral issue, and now they're breaking with the Bush administration over the treatment of Arab prisoners. What's next? "Do unto others?"
The evangelicals "say that the US administration has crossed 'boundaries of what is legally and morally permissible' in the treatment of detainees.
...Christian criticism has tended to come from the right of the Bush administration. Yesterday's statement on torture suggested a new determination on the part of the evangelical churches to detach themselves from the Republican party and stake their independence....
The Bush administration will perhaps have to tolerate independent Christian congregations a little more than they tolerated independent U.S. presecutors.
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