Forum examines response to torture by U.S. in interrogating prisoners

NEW YORK (CNS) — A Fordham University forum talked about the response of American political, military, religious and medical groups to the use of torture in interrogations of prisoners by the United States since the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Oct. 21 event was sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and drew 150 people to two sessions at the Lincoln Center campus of Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York. The first session looked at movies, prime-time television shows and popular culture to examine public indifference to making a connection between actual violence and its depiction in entertainment venues. “Torture touches on very primal human impulses of violence and the meaning of violence and how it can appear to be a solution to human problems,” said moderator Frederick Wertz, professor of psychology at Fordham University.

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