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Rev. McTigue takes on O’Reilly over Torture Bill

October 20, 2006, 2:21 pm | Posted by FPL

Last night, the O’Reilly Factor featured an interview with Reverend Kathleen McTigue of Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice to discuss the group’s objections to the new legislation. Using the language of faith, Reverend McTigue held her own in a fierce debate with Bill O’Reilly over the implications of the detainee bill.

On Tuesday, President Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act, a bill that has been the cause of much protest from the religious community for its policies that ignore the Geneva Convention and eliminate habeas corpus. Over 200 people of various faith traditions protested the signing with a “People’s Signing Ceremony,” sponsored by the Washington chapter of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Religious groups across the country are chiming in with the message that this Act “violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions hold dear” and that through its passage, the US has “abandoned statutory commitment to its long-held moral values for a shameful lesser standard.” Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, an NRCAT affiliate in Connecticut, has put up a billboard on I-95 condemning Members of Congress from their state for voting for the bill.

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2 Responses to “Rev. McTigue takes on O’Reilly over Torture Bill”

  1. Katie says:

    Kudos to Rev. McTigue on this appearance. It’s not easy to hold one’s own on O’Reilly– unless you agree with everything he says, of course. It is so important for centrist and progressives to engage in conversations with O’Reilly types. He’s got lots of viewers, who won’t hear another strong perspective– faith-based or otherwise– unless folks like Rev. McTigue engage.Thank you Rev. McTigue!!

  2. Scott says:

    Rev McTigue used her “collar” in an attempt to gain a higher voice. Is my opinion/belief lesser than hers because of my collar? While she was well spoken, her political views spoke louder than her stance on policy. I applaud her for taking on O’Reilly but it is his show. She is off base when it comes to the long term preservation of Americans.