Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Warns of Reaction to Anti-Terror Measures

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Warns of Reaction to Anti-Terror Measures

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(ENI)--The world has become a more dangerous place because of the failure to tackle terrorism by non-military means, said a Church of Scotland inquiry into anti-terror operations.

The Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian church, Scotland's largest, said that describing global efforts to tackle terrorism as a war was "a major error of judgment."

The abuse of human rights in the treatment of prisoners, together with "inflammatory language, cause resentment among Muslim communities in which the vast majority of people are opposed to terrorism," the committee said in a report to the scheduled May general assembly of the church.

While the report, entitled The War on Terror, mainly concerns the actions of the United States and Britain, Israel is criticized for the recent killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas. This, it said, was "a prime example of another state taking the rhetoric of the war on terrorism and using it to justify its actions. …

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