The House voted today to outlaw waterboarding and other interogation methods that do not meet the Geneva convention standards for the treatment of prisoners of war.
Thank God for small miracles.
Let us hope that the Senate follows suit, and Bush doesn't veto it.
Call your senator today and tell her/him to support the ban on torture.
Take a Teddy To Work
In face of the sheer idiocy going on in the Sudan over a teacher who allowed her young students to name the class teddy bear Muhammad, I suggest Muslims all over get themselves a teddy bear and name it Muhammad.
Muhammad was in fact a bit of a teddy bear kinda guy -- he was ridiculed by macho desert men for kissing his grandchildren. They would run to him for big embraces, and he let them clamber all over him while he was praying. He did mending at home, helped with the household chores, ran in the fields with is youngest wife, and was so in love with his first wife that even years after her death the mention of her name would make him pale. He was known for never being the first to release a handshake, and for the joviality of his laughter and his smile which was sometimes so wide you could see all his molars.
I suggest one of those small clip on kinds of bears -- the one you can fasten to a tie or a purse strap. Make a statement. Let people know kids naming a teddy Muhammad is not an insult. And perhaps, if some one asks about your new companion, you will get the opportunity to discuss the really distressing situation in Sudan -- Darfur and the horrific murder, torture, rape, mutilation, etc that is going on in that part of the country.
Perspective! We need some perspective here!