NCC urges closure of Guantánamo center following suicides

Proposes sending delegation to the prison
The National Council of Churches and its online site FaithfulAmerica.org have reiterated a demand for the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, following the suicides of three prisoners there.

“Americans who love their country and its historic ideals are mortified by this continuing blot on our honor, on our steadfast defense of freedom, and on our commitment to democracy and the rule of law,” Robert Edgar, the council’s general secretary, said in a June 11 statement.

In a related issue, when the Pentagon announced June 15 that the 2,500th U.S. soldier had been killed in the Iraq war, FaithfulAmerica.org urged churches to ring bells on the weekend of June 24-25 to honor American dead. “They will toll as a tribute to the fallen and as a plea to the U.S. government to stop this war,” said Faithful America director Vince Isner.

 

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