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Recognizing all are made in the image of God is the first step back from abuse and blame

People worldwide have seen the pictures of humiliated and tortured Iraqi prisoners. The question on the minds of millions of Americans is: How could this happen? The quick response, to blame a few "bad apples," seems disingenuous as reports come in about systemic problems throughout the detainment facilities.

And not just in Iraq. The New York Times reports that the kinds of abuse seen in Iraq — prisoners stripped, forced to wear black hoods and women's underwear, verbal abuse, beatings, sexual abuse — are common in U.S. prisons as well.


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