Our Sins

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. In fact, the crucifixion teaches us that every sin we commit increases the burden of Christ on the cross, that as sinners we are in essence his tormentors. Jesus’ willingness to accept this burden for our benefit, however, begs us to reduce the suffering not for His sake but for our own. It follows that to torture is to deny one’s own salvation as a Christ-like individual.Report

  2. E.D. Kain says:

    Excellent point, Michael. This is what I was trying to say. I’m still rather awful at expressing anything even remotely intelligent when it comes to theology…Report

  3. Mike Farmer says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that torture must be banned forever — it’s the only moral solution, because otherwise we’ll rationalize its need. It would make a great statement to the world to say — in spite of the risk to our lives, even if torture could minimize those risks, we choose to ban torture forever, because it’s the right thing to do.

    If we can’t get the information through questioning and psychological, non-violent trickery or negotiations, or good old spy work, then we don’t get it.Report

  4. E.D. Kain says:

    I concur, Mike. I thought it had been, though….Report

  5. Mike Farmer says:

    In reality we left the door open to interpretation. I don’t think there was the will to define it carefully and strictly. Rather than define torture, it may be wise to define, clearly, what we can do, then everything else is banned. There has to be a way to list procedures that are clear and measurable.Report