Thursday, September 21, 2006

Resources for October 8th

Last June I got to hear an address by Rev. Bill Schulz, former UUA President and former Executive Director of Amnesty International.

The sermon on Sunday, October 8 will consider a difficult and timely issue: Torture and our government's role in conducting and attempting to legalize it. As Senators McCain, Warner, Graham, and Collins oppose the President's attempt to rewrite the Geneva Conventions, we will turn to the question of what it means to be citizens of a nation that tortures. While this sermon will contain mature themes, it will not be sensational or manipulative.

Here are some of the sources I'm reading to prepare for October 8th:

Web Resources:
"What Torture has Taught Me" by Bill Schulz
"Torture's Dark Allure" and "Does Torture Work?" by Darius Rejali at Salon.com

Book Resources:
"Truth, Torture, and the American Way: The history and consequences of U.S. involvement in torture" by Jennifer Harbury
"In Our Own Best Interest: How defending human rights benefits us all" by William Schulz
"Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the ruin of human rights" by William Schulz
"Torture & Modernity: self, society, and state in modern Iran" by Darius Rejali

Get Involved:
Find our about the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's Stop Torture Permanently campaign.