Churchgoers more likely to support torture

A survey has found that those who go to church are more likely to support the use of torture, whereas those who were not affiliated with any religious organization are the least likely of those polled to support torture.

Here are the numbers: 54% of regular church goers said the use of torture is “often” or “sometimes” justified. For those who “seldem or never” go to church, 42% supported torture. Evangelical protestants were the most likely to support torture, at 60%. Those who identify at non-religious were the least likely to support the use of torture, at 40%.

Here’s the survey question: “Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?”

Around half those polled said it was often or sometimes justified, while a quarter said it was never justified.

I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but I am surprised. I’m not religious, so I can’t really understand, but I doubt Jesus would approve of torture.

Additionally, I’ll be sure to remember this statistic for next time a Christian asks me where my morals come from, as if being a Christian is the only way to be truly moral.

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6 Responses to Churchgoers more likely to support torture

  1. Paul says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about. Jesus was all about the waterboarding, man!

  2. blackmourning says:

    LOL “and lo jesus did say ‘dump more water on yonder scumbag’ and it was good”

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  4. jkl says:

    You americans.. always with the torturing.

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  6. Beatrice Portinari says:

    It always brings a warm glow to read articles confirming what I always suspected.

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