The same mentality has trumped with the outcry against torture on humans done at places like Guatanamo, that are taught at our "School of Assassins," as it has been called, the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation," formerly known as the "School of the Americas," an entity of the U.S. Army (at Ft. Benning, Georgia). Besides learning multiple torture and assassination techniques, North, Central and South American graduates have actually assassinated clergy and others such as Archbishop Oscar Romero, the four sisters/workers and the six Jesuits, among others. If this cruelty was performed on animals one can imagine the outrage and condemnation. Not so for human beings who, without trial, are tortured for information, or, without trial, are hunted down and assassinated. Especially troublesome is the breaking of the promise, years ago, to shut down Guatanamo, which has not happened.
When will our government leaders and lawmakers decide to listen? Will their consciences, or basic humanity, triumph for the sake of the mistreated or killed? This blatant disregard for human life continues daily in both the torture and murder of grown people, and in the killing of the soon-to-be-born people who, while having basic freedoms of various kinds prepared for them in the U.S. Constitution, do not have the most basic freedom of all - the right to stay alive. It is also poignantly shown in forcing those law-abiding faithful citizens in the private sector who have a strong religious belief in the sacredness of all human life to destroy that human life in chosen and inadvertant abortions and put numerous teenage girls and others at a much higher risk of life-threatening diseases. Our Constitution was designed to protect all U.S. citizens in the practicing of their religious faiths, particularly in matters of life and death. We are spiraling downwards and this trend needs to change right now.
We at the Lamb Catholic Worker give our heartfelt gratitude to the leadership of Cardinal Timothy Dolan and of Archbishop William Lori who have lead this massive protest for protection of religious liberty and the unborn. Hopefully, it will not fall on deaf ears before the January 1, 2014 implementation. Our prayers also go for the ending, once and for all, of torture and assassinations done to humans at places like Guatanamo and throughout the world in the name of the United States or from the hands of United States trained people. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, inspire our leaders. Mary, mother of Jesus, pray for their change of heart. Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, lovers of the unborn and of all people, pray for protection in practicing our Catholic faith, and pray for our leaders to change their minds. Help them to see this and all violation of religious liberty - particularly in matters of life and death - and to no longer demand it.