Torture in America -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Martin Marty writes in response to the release of the torture report, inviting us to do a bit of self-examination. Whether we like it or not, all of us need to examine our own motivations and understandings, that we might move forward. Americans have a tendency toward reveling in a sense of moral superiority, but events like this remind us that we too can perpetrate "gross evil." Listening to some who seek to reconcile these actions with our American identity, it is clear that the only way to do this is avoid the term "torture." Instead, as I heard one woman on NPR talk, we must carefully cling to the words "enhanced interrogation techniques." Of course we can't end up wallowing in self-loathing, but we must be willing to recognize that we too are capable of such evil. I invite you to take and read and continue the conversation.