Friends and Torture

To get at the issue of Friends and torture, let me start with the Bible, specifically a parable—what I think of as a parable of Quakerism. It’s from the beginning of Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Luke. The parable tells of an unjust judge, who neither feared God nor had any regard for people, and a widow, who had nothing but her voice. The widow came into his courtroom, and she cried out to the judge, "Give me justice! Give me justice!" But the unjust judge ignored her. While the text is very

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Chuck Fager, director of Quaker House, a Friends peace witness in Fayetteville, N.C., serves on the planning group of Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT). He is a member of State College (Pa.) Meeting, and attends Fayetteville Meeting.

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