- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)16
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
What kind of people are we?
I'm probably not the only person who is mystified by the current national debate about the merits of torturing prisoners. Of late the focus has been on whether torture ever did or ever will yield useful intelligence. But what's the point? Speaking strictly from my own Christian bias, I recall that Jesus was a victim of brutal investigation (Luke 22:63-65) and torture (Matthew 27:24-26). And the only thing he ever had to say about the treatment of prisoners was that it is incumbent upon his followers to visit them (Matthew 25:36).
If there's a Christian argument that supports torturing people, I want to hear it. In the meantime, the national debate may at least make it clear just what kind of people we're going to be in this country.
JOHN H. RICE, Jackson