“Of course I was angry for everything that was happening to me, but as time went on in captivity, I just realized for my own self, for self-preservation, that I couldn’t stay trapped in that emotion, that I had to try to find ways to let it out, and that’s when I started developing practices like choosing forgiveness in captivity.” More
“God made us to be in contact with other human beings. And when we take that human contact away, it exacerbates whatever problems that may have been there before. So rather than rehabilitating people, it actually makes them worse,” says Galen Carey of the National Association of Evangelicals. More
A growing movement is renewing calls to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, citing concerns about the treatment of detainees. “We need to understand what detention centers of that sort do to the moral fabric and psychic fabric of a soul. They are killing,” says Nancy Sherman, author of The Untold War. More
“The people who are paying the costs, military families, veterans, civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan—those people deserve to have their story told,” says Professor Catherine Lutz of Brown University. More
Watch our discussion of ethical questions raised by the killing of Osama Bin Laden, as well as religious responses to his death and its impact on US relations with the Muslim world. More
Look back at excerpts from our conversations with reporters over the past 10 years about religion and its changing role in our world.
As major combat operations come to an end and the US completes a troop drawdown in Iraq, revisit interviews with ethicists, philosophers, scholars, and religious leaders about just war and the moral issues raised by Iraq. More
“When mass violence hits a country and tears it apart, it takes a long time for it to repair itself,” says human rights activist Eric Stover. More
"In a democracy that espouses certain moral values, we need to have accountability," says ethicist Shaun Casey. "It prepares us morally to face the future when we're facing a crisis and pressure to abandon legal and moral precedents that we've observed."
In the ongoing national debate about the morality of torture, the question is whether it is ever the lesser evil. Under certain circumstances, can torture be justified? Two ethicists, Shaun Casey and Jean Bethke Elshtain, discuss torture and its moral limits. More