A detainee is moved by military guards at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba in this May 1, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Religious Campaign Against Torture says it is "thrilled" with the decision of President Barack Obama to close the detention center at Guantanamo and to ban torture.
NRCAT executive director the Rev. Richard Killmer praises Obama's orders. Killmer says opposition to torture is "an important issue for people of faith."
Obama signed executive orders that seek to show that the United States does not torture and abides by domestic and international
laws governing the treatment of detainees.
Killmer says "all faiths have in common an absolute belief that the human being is very special and created in the image of God."
NRCAT, based in Washington, has representatives of more than 200 faith groups including Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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