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If, in response to a truly vicious and brutal attack on our people, we respond by stooping to the level of our enemy, then what does that say about us? We are a better people than that. In the Ridley Scott film “Kingdom of Heaven,” the young Christian warrior Balian of Ibelin, on the verge of giving up Jerusalem to the Muslims, told Muslim leader Saladin that the Christians massacred every Muslim when they conquered Jerusalem, Saladin responded: "I am not one of those men." We must be the same; we are not one of those people to torture suspects in our custody.

The Quran says, "Never let the hatred of a people toward you move you to commit injustice..." (5:8) Christ said: "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven in perfect." (Matthew 5:48) Shouldn't we, as Americans, be, therefore, children of our Father in heaven? Shouldn't we, as Americans, be, therefore, perfect.

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