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Tortured religion

This Pew survey about support for torture by religious affiliation is enlightening.

For a group that prides itself on values, evangelicals are the least likely to say torture is never justified, preferring the more relative “sometimes” and the awful “often” options. Mainline protestants have the fewest undecideds and the most in the “never” category and are pretty evenly split between often/sometimes and rarely/never. The unaffiliated prove themselves to be the most anti-torture (but they’re not sure about it, having a higher number of undecideds and fewer “nevers” than the mainline Protestants).

But I like the break out by church attendance. Weekly or monthly churchgoers are pretty comparable, but the bigger jump comes when you go from monthly attendance to seldom or never. I guess all that torture in the Bible goes straight to their heads.

But really, we’re a more pro-torture country that we should be, and that’s disheartening.

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Categories: Domestic Policy, Religion
  1. May 7, 2009 at 8:28 am

    What do the conservative right and religious fundamentalists have in common?

    They are authoritarian.

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