For example: they're just terrorists; it's not like they're human beings!
The clearest statement came from Greta:
As to whether or not terrorist are human, I think most would say they gave up their humanity when they sign on as terrorist. We as human can choose to treat them humanely, but that is our choice.But the comments on recent posts have the same implication: we don't have to treat them humanely! They're terrorists, after all! Innocent lives - i.e., real human lives - are at stake!
And yet, from a Catholic point of view at least, it is not the innocence of the unborn child that merits protection; it is the very fact of being human.
The same reasoning holds true of the guilty. This is why even the Bill of Rights protects guilty and convicted criminals against "cruel and unusual punishments."
Note that I am not saying that we cannot fight against our enemies, or protect the U.S. against attacks, or punish the guilty.
I am saying that we must not use cruelty to do so. We must not demean or dehumanize our prisoners. We must fight fairly.
Why? Because any attempt to do so only demeans and dehumanizes us. It is literally impossible to control another person's will; all we can do is break it. But in order to break another person's will, we have to break our own connection with the reality that this is a human person, one like myself, one called to be a member of the same Body of Christ as I am. This is one whom God loved - and loves - so much that he sent his only begotten Son. We have to attack the very thing that we claim to defend: the right to integrity, to protection from attack, to respect and moral freedom.
If we are willing to give that up, then I don't see what there is worth fighting for at all.