Study Materials for Faith Groups
These materials could be used in an ongoing education class, a special event for your congregation or an interfaith study with people from your congregation and other faiths.
- "Loyalty and Passion in the American Christian Torture Debate," by David P. Gushee, The Huffington Post, November 17, 2010. David is a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University. The article is adapted was adapted from a talk given in Atlanta for the Evangelical Theological Society Dialogue.
- "The Church Responds to Torture," a comprehensive resource from No2Torture and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, PC(USA), that includes General Assembly statements, a letter to President Obama from Gradye Parsons, and action resources.
- "Torture is a Moral Issue: A Catholic Study Guide," published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and written by David Gibson who served on the Catholic News Service Editorial staff for more than 37 years and was the editor of Origins, CNS Documentary Service, from its inception until April 2007.
- In the Footsteps of the Crucified: Torture is Never Justified, is an 8-session, intensive program for group study and dialogue published by JustFaith for use in Catholic parishes. Click here to download the flyer and registration.
- "Way of Torture, Way of the Cross: A Bible Study for Lent and Other Occasions," a bible study prepared by NRCAT.
- "To Be Instruments of God’s Peace, Love and Justice in a Broken and Shattered World: Resources for Responding to Torture" from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
- "Out of Horror, Hope: A Biblically Based Study of Torture's Ravages and Potential Responses in the Reformed Tradition," available as a single two-hour study or five one-hour studies prepared by No2Torture.
- "Teaching About Torture," a resource from the Quaker Initiative to End Torture, written by Peggy Brick.
- Additional resources from No2Torture and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, PC(USA).
Other suggested films and reviews
- Rendition – Concerning extraordinary rendition practices by U.S. government
- The Battle of Algiers – Vividly portrays use of torture
- Death and the Maiden – Portrays psychological effects of torture
- Extraordinary Rendition – Concerning rendition practices by UK government; made with help from Amnesty International
- Gitmo: the New Rules of War – Swedish documentary about Guantanamo Bay
- The Official Story – Argentine film about effects of torture
- The Road to Guantánamo – British docudrama depicting experiences of three detainees at Guantanamo, including torture
- Standard Operating Procedure – concerning torture at Abu Ghraib
- Syriana – Concerning U.S. affairs in the Middle East in relation to oil; depicts scenes of torture
- The Warning – Discusses Bush-era abuses
More viewing resources
- "The Response" is only 30 minutes long and a bit under-stated compared to the box-office hits with which it must compete, but the courtroom drama should be mandatory viewing for high school current affairs classes. The film, researched and shot at the University of Maryland School of Law and adapted from actual transcripts, re-creates a hearing in which three military judges must determine if a four-year detainee at Guantanamo is rightfully being held as an “enemy combatant.” After the evidence (or lack of it) is laid out, viewers are left to decide for themselves which way the judges should vote.
- "Torture on Trial" is a Link TV original production that investigates the history of interrogations in the "War on Terrorism", and the growing movement calling for accountability for those who authorized and participated in torture. Featured guests include George Hunsinger, NRCAT’s Founder.
- "Next Steps in Ending U.S.-sponsored Torture," 90-minute webcast of NRCAT workshop at Ecumenical Advocacy Days (3/14/09), featuring George Hunsinger, legal scholar Scott Horton and former military interrogator Matthew Alexander.
- "Torture, Conscience and the Catholic Moral Tradition," webcast of conference at Catholic University, March 19, 2009.
- "Torture is a Moral Issue," a presentation by George Hunsinger at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA.
- "The Torture Question," by Frontline, PBS, 2005.
- No2Torture's 2007 LA Gathering, featuring keynote address by Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Seminary - order a free DVD
- Torture is a Moral Issue, PowerPoint Presentation compiled by Jean Athey, WRRCAT.
- Liberty: Rethinking an Imperiled Ideal, Glenn Tinder, Eerdmans, 421 pp., $27.00. Reviewed by: Timothy Renick, chair of the department of religious studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta and director of a two-year project by the American Academy of Religion and the Teagle Foundation to study the undergraduate major in religion.
- Torture and Democracy, Darius Rejali (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007). 849pp. $39.50.Reviewed by: George Hunsinger (To be published in Theology Today, October, 2008). This book is quite simply the most authoritative study of torture ever written. Twenty-five years of painstaking research in the making, it will serve the human rights movement for decades to come. The author, whose mother was an American Presbyterian and whose father was an Iranian Muslim, grew up in Tehran under the reign of terror instituted by the U.S.-installed Shah of Iran. He saw at first hand the effects of torture on a society in which it was meted out. He has devoted his scholarly career to doing whatever can be done to prevent it.
- www.interrogationscentral.com is a website created by Matthew Alexander (former interrogator and author of How to Break a Terrorist) that serves as a central knowledge bank for all things related to interrogations. The art of interrogations is more than a skill; it is a discipline with deep historical roots and remarkable achievements. Trained, certified, and professional interrogators are dedicated to improving their craft, advancing the use of non-coercive interrogation techniques, and value continued learning and research.