Kafka Comes to America: Potluck, lecture and discussion

The UUFF building has been wearing the words “Torture is Wrong” on a banner by the main Fellowship’s entrance for several years. On Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. UUFF joins with the ACLU of Alaska to host a potluck, lecture and discussion with Steve Wax, a federal public defender, who will speak on the issue of the moral and legal authority of torture. Author of the book, “Kafka Comes to America,” Mr. Wax will discuss how our civil liberties have been eroded by security concerns. There will be copies of his book for sale, with proceeds to be given to UUFF. This is a free event open to the public.

Mr. Wax will be in Fairbanks the annual Alaska Bar Association Convention being held at the Princess Hotel (see www.alaskabar.org for details). On Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mr. Wax will debate Professor John Yoo (author of the controversial “torture memo” under the Bush Administration) in an interactive program of cross-examination and Socratic dialog titled “The Balance Between Security and Civil Liberties in Wartime.” The event is open to the public, though there is a fee.

According to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, “the right to be free from torture is one of the most fundamental human rights recognized by the global community today.” It is the UUSC’s firm position that any government-sponsored acts of torture under any circumstances are profoundly immoral, unjustified, and illegal. One of our core Principles is our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. Is it difficult to then appreciate that torture is inherently wrong and immoral because it is designed to break the human soul and the human body?

Several years ago, UUFF joined nearly 300 other churches across the nation when they all volunteered to speak out against torture. In March, Mike Walleri spoke on the issue of torture during one of our Sunday programs. This upcoming event will be another opportunity to explore the human rights guaranteed by our government and which are also part of our 7 Principles.

Please help spread the word, invite your friends, and bring a dish to share: FRIDAY, MAY 6TH…..6:30 P.M. for the POTLUCK, LECTURE AND DISCUSSION HERE AT UUFF.

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