I usually reserve this blog for strictly religious issues, but in a real sense, everything is a religious issue. And the treatment and the existence of Guantanamo Bay has been an embarrassment for our country as well as the Catholic Church, which has been basically silent on this grave human rights abuse.
According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, one of Obama's first actions will be to give an executive order to close Gitmo. George Bush, whose favorite theologian is Jesus, never thought that this was good idea. I'm still skeptical of any politician, but I applaud Obama's humane and Christian action. With the Christmas season in the recent past, there was the regular tug of war about nativity sets and the like. That's window dressing that serves no purpose when at the same time our country and states and cities treat individuals inhumanely, uncharitiably, and un-Christian. I hope this upcoming action will set a new course for how America treats the "other."
A Faithful Catholic