Morality vs. Pragmatism in U.S. Foreign Policy
Former Analyst, CIA
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern talks about the dilemma of reconciling his religious beliefs as a Christian with his professional duties. He eventually left the CIA and began speaking out against its policies, including torture. He points out that “everyone knows torture is evil”; in his case the context is that “Jesus was tortured to death.” McGovern says he also has chosen to follow Jesus’ example that “evil is confronted on the spot.” He urges people of all faiths to take risks and speak out against the evils he sees in U.S. Foreign Policy. His talk is followed by a panel discussion featuring four individuals from various faith communities.
Recorded: September 19, 2014