On his "Middle Church" blog, the Rev. Bob Edgar, former Pennsylvania Democratic member of the United States Congress and current General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, reveals that the United States government has prevented him from fulfilling the Lord's commandment to visit prisoners.
The National Council of Churches chief had asked to visit "the children of God" (i.e. al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners) at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, but the request was denied.
Meanwhile, there are many prisoners around the world who might better merit Edgar's attention, if he truly is interested in human rights, rather than just contrived protests against U.S. policies in the war on terror. These are imprisoned Christians, incarcerated by Islamic and communist regimes because of their faith.
Edgar, an ordained United Methodist pastor, might be expected to sympathize with imprisoned fellow Christians. But he seems to prefer the cause of the imprisoned radical Islamists at Guantanamo.
"We did not wish to make a statement," Edgar insists with a straight face about Guantanamo. "We simply wanted to visit these prisoners as our Lord commands in Matthew 25: 40: 'When did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'
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