Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
Ruminations: Andy Rooney on the subject of torture
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Andy Rooney on the subject of tortureI thought we had made some progress on the torture issue, but it seems not. Recent disclosures about the Justice Department and the CIA have reminded us just how serious the situation is. It is hard to keep going when there is such silence from the pulpits and from the electorate, but here's one more voice--
Andy Rooney of "60 Minutes" (who is a friend) has been subjected to an unusual amount of cyberharassment in the form of collected "sayings" attributed to him that circulate via email by the millions. My husband and I have received numbers of these emails. Anybody who knows Andy's work (especially his extensive written work) would instantly recognize these as fakes.
Here is something that he really wrote (it's in a book of his collected essays Out of My Mind, a clever title to be taken literally, not figuratively) :
There is no justification for torture. The information elicited can never be trusted. It has been well established by military people who have held military people that torture, besides being uncivilized, is not an effective way of eliciting information...
The day the world learned that American soldiers had tortured Iraqi prisoners should be put high on the list of our country's worst [days]. It's a black mark on our record that will be in the history books in a hundred languages for a hundred years. It altered the world's perception of us...
In this same book there are four essays written before the invasion of Iraq, strenously opposing it. We forget how much opposition to the war there was before it began.
Rooney is a principled atheist, a rare breed. It is embarrassing that so few Christians have the courage or insight to raise their voices on these issues. If any one reading this would like to be more involved, check this link: http://www.nrcat.org/
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