Posted by: r.m. | May 2, 2009

church, torture, and the US

hmm…

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.

[The survey] did  not include analysis of groups other than white evangelicals, white non-Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated, because the sample size was too small. (results of the survey available)

The survey asked: “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?” Roughly half of all respondents — 49 percent — said it is often or sometimes justified. A quarter said it never is.


Responses

  1. I am not surprised. Religion is divisive. It categorizes people into followers of the true path and the ‘others’. So it is easier, indeed natural, to look unfavourably on others’ rights. It is the worst invention of mankind.


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