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RCA General Synod Votes to Join Campaign against Torture

At the 2008 General Synod, delegates authorized the Reformed Church in America to join the National Religious Campaign against Torture (NRCAT).


NRCAT is a rapidly growing organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, including cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment. More than 200 religious groups have joined or endorsed NRCAT since its formation in January 2006.

More than 20,000 individuals have endorsed NRCAT's statement of conscience, entitled Torture Is a Moral Issue. This diverse group includes three former U.S. secretaries of state, three former U.S. secretaries of defense, three former national security advisors, a number of retired generals and admirals, and over 100 religious leaders, including RCA general secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson.

On June 25, 2008, NRCAT and two other nonprofit groups--the Center for Victims of Torture and Evangelicals for Human Rights--issued a statement calling for a presidential order to ban certain interrogation and detainment practices currently in use by the U.S. government. The executive order would limit the government's use of interrogation techniques to those the United States would find acceptable if used by another country against U.S. civilians or soldiers.

Visit NRCAT's website,, for information about important actions and engagements, specific ways to get involved, and up-to-date information about NRCAT's efforts to eliminate U.S.-sponsored torture.

For more information, contact Earl James, RCA coordinator of multiracial initiatives and social justice, at

Posted 07/01/08

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