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OPINION: Torture

No one has asked for my opinion about torture but if you keep on reading, you are going to get it. Torture is wrong, torture is bad, torture is evil. If you agree with me, you can stop reading right here.

If you think torture is unpleasant and wrong for you and yours but okay for everyone else, then please read on.

Many apologists for torture say, "If someone kidnaps your child and buries them in a box with four hours air supply and the kidnapper is caught, wouldn't you torture the kidnapper to save your child's life?"

Remember Christ was tortured and then nailed to the cross and then tortured to death.

Heck yes, but that's my child. Christ himself would probably okay it if Mary were in the box. But it is still wrong. And 99.9% of all torture is not done by a parent to find the child in the box. It's done by employees of governments to try to learn secrets. The torturers don't have children in boxes; they are sick, sadists who get paid for getting kicks hurting others. Again, it is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Hurting any human being is wrong except when done for that human being's greater good. Translated that means it's okay to inoculate you, and it hurts a little, to save you from deadly disease. But not okay to experiment on any human being, not okay to torture any human being.

Remember Christ was tortured and then nailed to the cross and then tortured to death. Not to learn any secrets but just to set an example. Disagree with the Roman empire and it won't be pleasant for you, bub. Torturing for secrets is evil, torturing to set an example is just as evil.

Unless you can say truthfully and sincerely that it is okay for the bad guys to torture you and your loved ones, even if it's only to set an example of what happens to hypocrites, then any Christian or anyone who follows Christian teachings must condemn torture.

Adapted from an Opinion by Duff Coldwater as submitted to


Every Trooper Gives Me Nightmares


A senior citizen drove his brand new sports convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

"Amazing!" he thought as he flew down the highway, pushing the pedal to the metal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw the highway patrol behind him, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. "I can get away from him - no problem!" thought the elderly nut case as he floored it to 100mph, then 110, then 120mph.

Suddenly, he thought, "What on earth am I doing? I'm too old for this nonsense!" He pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the Trooper to catch up with him.

Pulling in behind him, the Trooper walked up to the driver's side of the convertible, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason why you were speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The man, looking very seriously at the Trooper, said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, sir," said the Trooper

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