Witnesses Against Torture is a Christian group that draws its purpose from the Bible, to perform the Acts Of Mercy. They hear the stories of abuse, and they are compelled to bear witness and call attention to it.
In the spirit of that calling, they recently went to one of the few remaining Communist dictatorships in the world, where people of faith are routinely oppressed, which has a truly excerable record on human rights. They travelled there, assembled, and marched across that land that suffers under a brutal despot. They walked and talked with the repressed people, shared their thoughts, hopes, prayers, and aspirations. They fasted, putting their own bodily needs aside in pursuit of the Lord’s work.
After walking that fifty miles, they found a bastion of America. And it was there that they finally found something to object to.
These people had let themselves be led by the hand across the heart of Cuba, one of the last vestiges of that great, inhumane, soul-killing evil that is Communism, let the dictator’s puppets strap blinders over their eyes and plugs in their ears, and cheerfully trod across the backs of the enslaved Cubans to show up at the gates of Guantanamo, where the United States maintains a presence that dates back over a century, and has been a perpetual thorn in that dictator, Castro’s, side ever since he began his oppressive regime.
I’m no Biblical scholar, but from what I recall, there are numerous verses that these so-called “Christians” seem to overlook. I recall several condemnations about hypocrites, something about motes and beams and eyes, and a couple of others.
On the other hand, I think a phrase allegedly coined by Lenin might apply here. To describe those who, out of deranged principle, sheer naivete, or willful ignorance, end up endorsing and supporting great evil, despite how much they ought to simply know better.
I’ve always thought the best exemplar of the “useful idiot” was Walter Duranty, the New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reports from the Soviet Union that whitewashed Stalin’s engineered famines in the Ukraine that killed between 7 and 10 million people. By that standard, these “Witnesses To Torture” simply can’t stand up. But they’re certainly following in his footsteps.