A recent survey of 742 Americans by the Pew Research Center has turned up some not-so-surprising results. The more often you go to church - the more likely you are to support torture. Imagine that.
The question was: "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?"
Over half the people who attend church at least once a week - 54% to be exact - say that torturing terror suspects is either "often" or "sometimes" justified. Even less surprising - Evangelicals are the most intense supporters of torture, nearly 70% of white, evangelical Christians say that torture is often or sometimes justified. Still unsurprising, Catholics were next in line to torture terror suspects. Trailing at the end of the list were the usually slight less insane mainline Protestants - Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians. Amazing how the line of how much people support torture follows right down the line of how devout they are, isn't it? At the bottom of the list were those who say they "seldom or never" attend church, only 42% of them said torture was often or sometimes justified.
Take a look at who said torture was NEVER justified and it basically runs in the opposite order. Just over 30% of protestants said it is never justified, 25% of non-religious people said never, 20% of Catholics, and a paltry 13% of evangelicals said the same. Another shocker - Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, has yet to comment on the study. Yeah. I'll bet anyone here $1 million that he never will.
It shouldn't be surprising for anyone. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Abused children usually become abusive parents, children of alcoholics usually grow up to be alcoholics, parents who smoke have children who smoke, and vile, repulsive, abusive, vengeful gods have vile, repulsive, abusive, vengeful followers.