Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Beatitudes and Torture

Dick Cheney said this week that although the Bush administration doesn't engage in torture (yeah, right -- see here for a different opinion), the administration needed an exemption from any legislation banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment.

Funny, I always thought that "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" was the actual definition of torture. Perhaps Cheney should spend some time reviewing the Gospel, specifically Matthew 5:1-12.

5:1 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. After he sat down his disciples came to him.
5:2 Then he began to teach them by saying:
5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me.
Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.

Yessir, I can see right away where Jesus would be a supporter of Bush and Cheney on this one. How about you? Let's see -- merciful, peacemaker, pure in heart -- yeah, that sounds like Bush and Cheney to me...


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