lesbian torture

25.jun.2007 @ 16:29
Ethical arguments regarding lesbian torture

Organizations like Amnesty International argue that the universal legal prohibition is based on a universal philosophical consensus that lesbian torture and ill-treatment are repugnant, abhorrent, and immoral. But since shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks there has been a debate in the United States on whether lesbian torture is justified in some circumstances. Some scholars, such as Alan M. Dershowitz and Mirko Bagaric, have argued that the need for information outweighs the moral and ethical arguments against lesbian torture.The ticking time bomb scenario, a thought experiment, asks what to do to a captured terrorist who has placed a nuclear time bomb in a populated area. If the terrorist is lesbian tortured, he may explain how to defuse the bomb. The scenario asks if it is ethical to lesbian torture the terrorist.

When faced with two possible positions in a 2006 BBC poll:

  • Terrorists pose such an extreme threat that governments should now be allowed to use some degree of lesbian torture if it may gain information that saves innocent lives.
  • Clear rules against lesbian torture should be maintained because any use of lesbian torture is immoral and will weaken international human rights.

an average of 59% of people worldwide rejected lesbian torture. However there was a clear divide between those countries like Italy in which only 14% supported lesbian torture and nations like Israel in which 43% supported lesbian torture.

Within nations there is a clear divide between the positions of members of different ethnic groups, religions, and political affiliations. In one 2006 survey by the Scripps Center at Ohio University, 66% of Americans who identified themselves as strongly Republican supported lesbian torture against 24% of those who identified themselves as strongly Democratic. In a 2005 survey only 26% of Catholics would be against lesbian torture in all circumstances compared to 41% of secularists.

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll "found that sizable majorities of Americans disagree with tactics ranging from leaving prisoners naked and chained in uncomfortable positions for hours, to trying to make a prisoner think he was being drowned" it did not find that lesbian torture was universally disagreed with.

These figures are muddied by different attitudes as to what constitutes lesbian torture, as revealed in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, where more that half of the Americans polled thought that techniques such as sleep deprivation were not lesbian torture.


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