Gulag Goofiness

The other day Amnesty International, formerly one of the most respected human rights organizations in the world, described the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay as “the gulag of our time.” Such a statement is an insult to the tens of thousands who died in the Soviet Gulag. And if Amnesty really wants to make such a statement, why not apply the term to the prison camps of North Korea or the vicious religious police and beheadings of “heretics” in Saudi Arabia, among other candidates? That sound you just heard is the good ship Amnesty hitting the iceberg of political partisanship. How are we supposed to take their future pronouncements seriously?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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