Essay On Why Torture Is Justified

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Imagine that someone has buried your family alive. You have the suspect in custody, but the only way to get the location of your family and save them, is if you torture the suspect. What do you do? By not torturing the suspect, your family dies, but is torture justified? I believe that in extreme circumstances torture is justifiable, when the lives of innocents outweigh the comfort of the guilty. In recent years torture has become a highly debated topic. After 9/11, President Bush authorized the use of torture against suspected terrorists of the United States. Although, torture is prohibited in international law, President Bush saw it as the only way to keep America safe. Torture is now a widespread interrogation method used across the world …show more content…
Pro-torture advocates feel as though the means justify the ends, and that it is our duty to protect the lives of the greater amount of people. They see it as a lesser of two evils and a choice that they can live with because they know that if they didn’t, they would have let hundreds of innocents die, it would be a choice they would regret their whole life (Krauthammer). Moreover, “Torture can be morally justifiable, and even obligatory, when it is wholly defensive...Since being killed is generally worse than being tortured, it should therefore be justifiable to torture a person to prevent him from killing innocent people” (McMahan). This quote examines the morality of torture and concludes that since the majority of society views murder as the ultimate evil, is not one morally obligated to save those who will be murdered by torturing the …show more content…
The Church believes in the inherent good in everybody and that one must try to help troubled souls find the good in themselves through prayer and healing ("Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching") . The Church has taken this particular stance on torture because in their Catholic Social Teachings they promote themes that protect individual’s right to life. A couple examples of these themes are Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Rights and Responsibilities, and lastly Solidarity. Life and Dignity of the Human Person addresses the belief that human life is precious and one must treat their life with the utmost respect. It also states that countries have a duty to protect everyone’s life, no matter what. Furthermore, Rights and Responsibilities also focuses on the right for every person to live a healthy life, but also brings up that individuals as children of God have a duty to to serve not only themselves, but also society as a whole. Solidarity is the idea that we are all brothers and sisters in God and that we must help each other in spite of our differences because we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Solidarity also calls for peace in the face of terror and in times of violence ("Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.") With these themes as their foundation the Catholic Church has spoken out against torture and has provided it’s idea on how to stop torture’s

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