Sara Whitman

What is going on?

Filed By Sara Whitman | December 12, 2007 7:29 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Amish, Christian beliefs, guns, mega churches, shootings, violence

Churches with armed guards and waterboard torture approved at the top levels of the U.S. government.

Does anyone else think there is something deeply, deeply wrong with our country?

Why does a church need an armed guard? Although, in hindsight, it did keep a killer from harming any others. I know we don't have one at the First Unitarian Society of Newton. I cannot fathom what would be going on at the 'megachurch' to require such security.

When five girls were killed in the West Nickel Mines School, The Amish responded with forgiveness. In fact, "the fathers of the Amish girls who had been shot went to the killer's parents and asked what they could do to help them."

They never hired an armed guard.

Children still go to the school.

In "less than 35 seconds" a "suspect" started talking after being waterboarded. Call me crazy, but the last time I checked the American legal system, a "suspect" was someone "suspected" of a crime but not found guilty of a crime. A "suspect" is allowed a lawyer, due process and since 1966 is required to be read the Miranda Warning.

You know it. It's on all the cops shows. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney.

Unless you are Arab, or thought to be Arab, and the government has decided you know something they want to know. Then, forget everything written in the Constitution, the Fifth Amendment, not to mention basic human dignity, torture away!

Can you imagine the outrage if say, a white, middle class suburban housewife was taken into custody on suspicion of terrorism and was held for 6 years without a lawyer and tortured ...

in another country?

We'd go nuke 'em!

Maybe CIA Director Michael Hayden should take a cue from the Amish.

Maybe we should all take a cue from the Amish.

What is going on? Where is our compassion? Our common sense? When did churches need to be armed and torture became acceptable?

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It's all a sad commentary on violence in America. So sad.