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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Last week the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly (90-9) to stand solidly against torture

Stand with the Senate and Oppose Torture

The Senate has spoken, but the President may veto the anti-torture bill. Your voice is needed.

Over the past year and a half you have spoken out powerfully after the Abu Gharib and Guantanamo prison scandals. Washington and the world listened.

Last week the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly (90-9) to stand solidly against torture. The amendment, introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), calls for prisoners and detainees to be treated according to guidelines established by the Army Field Manual. In short, it outlaws degrading and inhumane treatment of anyone in U.S. military custody.

This is no small statement. The amendment was introduced to the massive defense appropriations bill. Passage of the $440 billion
defense budget depends upon the adoption of this vital amendment.

Now, President Bush has threatened to veto the appropriations bill because of the anti-torture amendment.

The Senate did the right thing. Let us come together again to stand with them so that the world and the President know that the
American people demand humane treatment of detainees and prisoners of war.

Note: Yes, nine Senators voted against the measure (including both from Oklahoma). If they are YOUR Senators, you may wish to
tastefully alter your letter in a way most appropriate for both of your Senators. We will leave that to you, of course, but here are those who voted against the anti-torture amendment:

Sessions (R) Alabama
Stevens (R) Alaska
Allard (R) Colorado
Roberts (R) Kansas
Cochran (R) Mississippi
Bond (R) Missouri
Coburn (R) Oklahoma
Inhofe (R) Oklahoma
Cornyn (R) Texas

Use the link below to send a letter to your Senators on this issue. A copy will be sent to the President of the United States in a show of solidarity. By letting your Senators know you support their position, you will be sending a powerful message to the White House and to the world that Americans of faith will not support torture.

There is no question but that your voice and the concerns of so many other faithful people in the U.S. have helped encourage the
Senate to take this action. Does your faith matter in vital issues such as this? You bet it does! Is your voice heard? No question!

Send a letter of support to your Senators on this issue

~~help is on the way!

May God send bountiful strength, peace and resource to people affected by Hurricane Katrina. May each need be met and each life
strengthened spiritually and thereafter go forth and become a source of help and blessing to others. May our country grow closer to God and each other through this tragedy....In the name of the Christ.


~~HEAVENLY Father, I ask for your love and support to all people affected by this act of nature. I focus on those people of faith
who may be in doubt, that they are loved and encouraged, so that their old faith is made new, and for those without faith will look at them as shining beacons of the love you have for all you people, through all things.

Help people to remind each other to put the full armor on to protect themselves from the enemy who will run crazy in situations like this, when people are doubting.

I ask this in your sons name, Amen


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