On Sat., Nov. 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., at St. Mark's Lutheran Church by-the-Narrows in Tacoma (6730 N. 17th St.), a forum presented in partnership with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), St. Mark's Lutheran Church by-the-Narrows, and St. Leo's Catholic Parish will offer reflection and dialogue on the treatment of detainees and the effects of policy and practice of interrogation thus far in the "war on terrorism."  --  Prof. Rob Crawford will deliver a keynote address entitled "Torture and the American Future — A Moral and Political Reflection," followed by a discussion with three distinguished panelists and the audience.  --  The forum will address these questions:  What are the implications for national security and our moral standing in the world community?  How does a religious perspective contribute to the dialogue and what can be done? ...

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WHAT:  "Torture, America's Moral Authority, and the Question of National Security: A Pre-Election Ecumenical Forum
WHO:  Prof. Rob Crawford, University of Washington-Tacoma, keynote speaker; Rick Samyn, MSW, St. Leo, moderator; Michael Collier, First United Methodist Church, chair of the Micah project, panelist; Prof. Pauline Kaurin, Pacific Lutheran University, panelist; Lt. Com. (ret.) Andrew Williams, U.S. Navy.
WHEN:  Saturday, November 1, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
WHERE:  St. Mark's Lutheran Church by-the-Narrows, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma, WA

This forum will provide reflection and dialogue on the treatment of detainees and the effects of policy and practice of interrogation thus far in the "war on terrorism." What are the implications for national security and our moral standing in the world community? How does a religious perspective contribute to the dialogue and what can be done?

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

“Torture and the American Future -- A Moral and Political Reflection”

Speaker: Professor Rob Crawford is professor of modern history and culture at the University of Washington, Tacoma, where he teaches courses on "Post-9/11 America" and "Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust." Since 2004, he has been active in the anti-torture movement and in 2006 co-founded the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture.

PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator:

Rick Samyn, MSW, Pastoral Assistant for Social Justice Ministry, St.Leo Catholic Parish

Panelists:

Michael Collier is chair of First United Methodist MICAH Project and is a graduate from Washington State University-Pullman. His post-graduate education included University of Washington, Concordia Lutheran College (Portland), Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and University of California, Berkeley.

Prof. Pauline Kaurin holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia, and is a specialist in military ethics, just war theory, philosophy of law and applied ethics. She is assistant professor of philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University and teaches courses in military ethics,warfare, business ethics and philosophy of law. Recent articles include: "Nothing New Under the Sun at Guantanamo Bay: Precedent and Prisoners of War" and "When Less Is Not More: Expanding the Combatant/Non-Combatant Distinction."

Andrew Williams, a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, is now a practicing Silverdale attorney. In the Navy he was a Judge Advocate who served both at Naval Submarine Base, King’s Bay, Georgia, and on the U.S.S. Nimitz. Mr. Williams recently resigned his commission in the Individual Ready Reserve due to torture and other improprieties committed by U.S. forces.

--This forum is presented in partnership with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), St. Mark's Lutheran Church by-the-Narrows, and St. Leo's Catholic Parish.