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Church-going support for torture

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Interesting post by Spencer Ackerman:

Via Adam Serwer, the Atlantic’s Chris Good notes a correlation between church attendance and support for torture in a new Pew study:

A combined 54 percent of at-least-weekly church-goers say torture is either often or sometimes justifiable; for those who attend monthly or a few times a year, that figure is 51 percent; for those who do not attend, it is 42 percent.

Evangelicals, according to the survey, are more prone to saying torture is justifiable than members of the nation’s other two main Christian groups: so-called “mainline” Protestants and white, non-Hispanic Catholics. Unaffiliateds–a conglomerated group of atheists, agnostics, and those who say their religion is “nothing in particular–support torture the least: 40 percent say it’s justifiable often or sometimes.

An emailer notes to Good, “I’m hoping they aren’t approving of torture for the sake of causing pain, but rather find it necessary in order to protect the country from attack.” Uh, that’s more Christlike? You can torture people when you think you have good reason? Like Adam says, remember this the next time the right talks about the collapse of moral values in America heralded by two people of the same gender who seek to spend the rest of their lives together in matrimony.

Of course, it’s well known that much torture is due to fervent religionists: the Spanish Inquisition (didn’t expect that, did you? No one ever does.), the burning at the stake of witches and heretics (technically execution, but I think it also deserves a check under "torture").

Written by Leisureguy

30 April 2009 at 4:27 pm

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  1. Why not? Their entire religion is based on the torture and execution of someone. Walk into any Christian church and observe the celebration of the crucified individual, front and center. And they devalue human life in favor of a mythical “afterlife.” Who cares if someone is tortured in this life? The next one is much more important!



    1 May 2009 at 7:51 am

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