This is a chilling report from the human rights group Human Rights First, detailing the murder of 21 inmates in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. In total, 98 detainees taken captive during US military operations have died in custody. At least three dozen have been murdered by their guards. Eight of them have been tortured to death during interrogations. The "war on terror" started by George Bush and now continued by Barack Obama is in itself a terrorist assault on millions of innocent Iraqis and Afghans and other people, mostly (for now) Muslims who have been targeted based on suspicions and empire building from the White House. http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/05...human-rights-researcher-and-rights-group-say/ Christians need to be standing up and denouncing these injustices, especially those of us in the West. These atrocities are being committed in our name, by presidents who claim to be followers of Jesus. I think back to Isaiah 58:5-8. Isaiah 58:5-8 (King James Version) 5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. God here was condemning the Israelites (and this message is as relevant for us today as it was for them) for pretending to be pious while doing nothing to help victims of poverty and injustice. I'd like to focus on verse six. We are called to break yokes, to undo heavy burdens, to loose bands of wickedness, to let the oppressed go free. These are fighting words, they are about taking a stand against injustice and tyranny. Verse 7 describes feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and taking in the homeless. These are acts of Christ-like love that many of us in our churches I would say are fairly good at doing, at least in my church. God's word needs to be followed, this applies to everything we find in Scripture. We need to begin raising our voices against injustice against the most vulnerable among us and in the world with the same zeal we provide material help to the poor. God expects that we do both.