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May 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Unchristian response to torture

Propaganda ignores helpful missions

Recently, Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote that 62 percent of evangelical Protestants “supported inflicting pain as a tool of interrogation” [“An unchristian response to torture,” seattletimes.com, Opinion, May 5]. Further, Pitts suggests the church and its members ignore the suffering in the world — for instance, AIDS.

Then, of course, he quotes “irreligious” Jon Stewart as qualified to judge Christians when he denigrates them. Pitts, Stewart and like-minded people apparently never bother to investigate the good the Christians are doing in the world — on the contrary, they are selling the left’s propaganda to destroy the Christians.

My church sponsors a camp for children with AIDS, has numerous missions to help the disadvantaged in the world, helps the unemployed, the homeless, etc. One member spent a month in Thailand last year with Father Joe, a Catholic priest who has devoted his life to helping the helpless, helping children with AIDS. He is one of a host of other Christians mirroring the work of Father Joe.

In fairness, Pitts and Stewart should read Father Joe’s book to learn where compassion is practiced every day under hellish conditions before embarrassing themselves with their ignorance and arrogance.

As for torture, let the debate be open and honest. Name-calling to intimidate the opponents of an agenda has no place in American debate — perhaps verbal intimidation is more “hateful” than the so-called torture of sleep deprivation.

— Don Wilbur, University Place

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