Interfaith Alliance Calls for Justice and Reconciliation After Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

May 7, 2004

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

On May 7, 2004 The Interfaith Alliance reported, "Today, responding to graphic photographs of Iraqi prisoners being tortured by smiling American soldiers and to newly disclosed reports indicating that the military command knew of inhumane practices, leaders of The Interfaith Alliance, whose members come from more than 75 faith traditions, called on political, military, and religious leaders to go beyond apologies and to seek reconciliation, accountability, and justice. 'Reconciliation and accountability must begin at the top,' said the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, TIA president. 'We commend President Bush for his belated public apology. That’s a good first step, but it’s only a small one. We urge him to immediately begin a review of all statements, policies, and actions by him and his administration that created, allowed, or contributed to these atrocities in Iraq, to the dramatic increase in hate crimes against Muslim Americans since 9/11, and to the surge in anti-American sentiments around the world.'"