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Reform Jewish Leader Applauds Release of New York Times Ad Opposing Torture

Saperstein:  This ad brings together an impressive array of voices united in profound opposition to an egregious assault on human rights and human dignity: the torture of a human being.

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WASHINGTON, DC, June, 13, 2006 – In response to the publication of an advertisement in the New York Times today expressing moral opposition to torture and signed by faith leaders from across the religious spectrum, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

I am proud to be a signer of this ad and a representative of one of many denominations and faith groups that oppose torture. This ad brings together an impressive array of voices united in profound opposition to an egregious assault on human rights and human dignity: the torture of a human being.

As our nation debates the treatment of detainees in the war on terror, and particularly as the Pentagon releases long-awaited documents clarifying the standards for treatment of those detainees, leaders of a variety of faith and secular communities and organizations have been moved to oppose the use of torture as contrary to our nation’s ideals and our religious values. Judaism’s teaching that all people are created b’tselem elohim – in the image of God – compels us to join this call. 

While the Reform Movement remains steadfast in its commitment to the fight against terrorism in the United States, in Israel, and around the world, we take this opportunity to reiterate our support for efforts to end torture committed by or on behalf of the U.S. We applaud the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in this endeavor and look forward to continuing our work with the Campaign.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the
Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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