Former President Carter urges human rights focus in Macon visit | Photos

The United States needs to regain its place in the world as a champion of human rights, former President Jimmy Carter said today.

Although on a backslide for years, America most recently has stepped away from that role following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Carter said, citing prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and restricted personal privacy at home.

“Beginning in January, we need to set an unblemished example for the world to follow,” he said.

Carter spoke to a crowd of about 1,000 at Mercer University. The speech was part of the President’s Lecture Series and covered themes from Carter’s best-selling book, “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.”

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