Last week, thousands of Faithful America members called on Barack Obama to keep his promise to ban torture. On January 22, as one of his first acts in office, President Obama signed an executive order banning torture and set a timeline to close Guantanamo Bay prison and secret CIA detention sites.
We are thrilled that President Obama listened to the millions of Americans — many of them people of faith –who were deeply troubled by the abuses conducted in our name, and that he moved quickly to end such practices.
However, there is more work to be done.
As David Gushee, president of Evangelicals for Human Rights, said in a statement today: While we celebrate today, there is more to do. Congress passed laws during the Bush years that in some cases need to be repudiated through new legislation. Executive orders are a powerful tool but they can be reversed by new presidents or under new circumstances. We need new laws, and we also need a comprehensive review of what was done to people in our name since September 11. We need a religious and moral accounting, not just a legal one.