Churchgoers more likely to support torture

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

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 released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.

CNN: Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful

(via Sloppy Unruh)

“You don’t get it yet. Torture gives you false information. Now that wasn’t a bug but a feature. Only fake facts could validate a phony case.” – Jay Rosen

Aside: Does religious make one more virtuous? Say, more patient, more responsible, and more compassionate? I think not.


  1. Come on man.


    You know there are counfounding factors working here. Get you’re head out of your ass for a second.

  2. Thanks for the article. Supporting evidence…

    … that abhorent acts are not done against religion, but in accordance with religion.

  3. I don’t see how this should be any surprise. Everyone knows what Christians used to do to non-Christians back in the crusades. Christians torturing Muslims is nothing new.

  4. It came from CNN, I don’t know how he would have his head in his ass for posting it.

    Not to mention Steven hit the nail on the head.

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