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Head of Interfaith, Anti-Torture Organization to Speak at Wilson

Posted: October 28, 2013

The Rev. Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, will speak at Wilson College on Wednesday, Oct. 30. He will preach at the chapel service at noon in Thomson Hall's Alumnae Chapel and give a lecture at 4 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

In his sermon, “Created in the Image of God,” Killmer will describe the steps that led to the use of torture by the United States government and why torture is contrary to Biblical teachings, including the principle that human beings are created in the image of God and therefore, should be treated by everyone with dignity and worth.

Killmer’s 4 p.m. lecture will be held in Laird Hall's Patterson Lounge. Entitled “No Doubt, it was Torture,” it will examine the recent bipartisan report of the Detainee Treatment Task Force of the Constitution Project. The report, released in the spring after two years of research and interviews, concludes that the treatment of detainees was torture and was authorized at the highest levels of government.

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture is a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, more than 325 religious organizations have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, and Sikh communities. Members include national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and local congregations. More information is available at

Last Updated: October 28, 2013