Executive Order on Torture

On Thursday, January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that stops the CIA’s abuse of detainees, closes U.S. secret prisons, ends rendition for torture, and provides the International Committee of the Red Cross with access to U.S.-held detainees.

While concerns remain about the details, there is a deep sense of gratitude for President Obama's action. The National Religious Coalition Against Torture(NRCAT) encourages faith communities across the country and around the globe to join in offering prayers of praise and thanksgiving to mark the President's executive order.

NRCAT offers an opportunity to send an email of thanks to President Obama.

NRCAT provides a bulletin insert with a prayer of thanksgiving on one side and next steps in the campaign to end torture on the other side.

General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including the 218th General Assembly (2008) have made a number of statements related to torture.


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