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Interfaith Leaders Fast to Protest Solitary Confinement

Advertisement for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture’s 23-hour Fasting Solidarity event. Photo from Google Images.

by Chris Lisee
from Religion News Service

An interfaith coalition is urging Congress to end solitary confinement, which they said is a “harmful, costly, and ineffective practice.”

Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith leaders joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to break a 23-hour nationwide fast on Tuesday (June 19) at a press conference following the first-ever congressional hearing on solitary confinement.

“We’re breaking our fast with a commitment that this issue is not over (and) that we’re going to even give more energy to our effort to make sure that no one has to spend time in solitary confinement,” said Richard Killmer, NRCAT’s executive director and a Presbyterian minister.

The earlier hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights called attention to economic, safety, and moral issues solitary confinement raises.

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Religion, Violence and the Future of Torture

Dr. George Hunsinger, a Presbyterian minister and Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, discusses the nature of violence and it’s “refuge in falsehood” in the context of torture.  Hunsinger is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interreligious organization opposing torture in the United States.

This presentation from the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions is presented in its entirety by SlowTV.