Thursday, April 30, 2009

Churchgoers More Likely to Support Torture

A Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found that the more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support torture.
More than half of people who attend services at least once a week -- 54 percent -- said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is "often" or "sometimes" justified. Only 42 percent of people who "seldom or never" go to services agreed, according [to] the analysis

See Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful over on the CNN website for more info.

This is the saddest indictment of the American church I think I've read in a long time...


Ann said...

well - hey - look what we did to our founder.

Ann said...

The religious group most likely to say torture is never justified was Protestant denominations -- such as Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians -- categorized as "mainline" Protestants, in contrast to evangelicals. Just over three in 10 of them said torture is never justified. A quarter of the religiously unaffiliated said the same, compared with two in 10 white non-Hispanic Catholics and one in eight evangelicals.

JCF said...

WWJT? (Who Would Jesus Torture?)

Lord have mercy...

IT said...

THis follows up on a similar study about 5 years ago which found atheists far less likely than evangelicals to support torture.

So much for Christian love and forbearance. As they preach their own brand of bile and hatred, one wonders how they continue to get away with it.

Fred Preuss said...

The less you have to do with religion, the less likely you are, not only to torture but:
1. get pregnant out of wedlock
2. murder
3. rape
4. grand theft auto/larceny
5. assault
6. default on loans/forge
So tell me again-how does going to church and eating the wafer make me a better person?

IT said...

Fred, in your case, clearly it would be hopeless.

Fred Preuss said...

Do you think these assertions are incorrect?