It's Time to Close Guantanamo
“Hate evil, love
good; maintain justice in the courts” cries out the prophet Amos (5:15a).
We should heed these words and close the Guantanamo Bay prison. For more than a
decade, prisoners have been detained there without being charged with a crime or
tried in a court of law. Now 100 prisoners are on a hunger strike to protest their
indefinite detention and the hopelessness they face on a daily basis.
President Obama has publicly reaffirmed his desire to close
the prison, but Congress has opposed plans to move the detainees into the
federal justice system or transfer prisoners cleared for release to foreign
countries. Tell your representatives in Congress to work with President Obama to deliver justice to
those being held indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
The prophet Amos calls us to "Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts" (Amos 5:15a). For more than a decade, prisoners have been held indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay without being charged with a crime or tried in a court of law. Now scores of prisoners are participating in a hunger strike to protest the injustice and hopelessness of their situation. President Obama has said that the prison is "a recruiting tool for extremists" and "is not necessary to keep America safe." While I stand against terrorism and understand that we must protect society from those wishing to harm others, we have a moral obligation to do so in ways that respect the God-given dignity of human beings.As a person of faith, I urge you to work with President Obama to close the prison and move the detainees into the federal justice system or transfer prisoners cleared for release to foreign countries.I urge you to take whatever steps necessary to close the prison and respect the rights of those detained there.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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