06 May 2009

WWJT (Who Would Jesus Torture)?

Well, this is disturbing news: A recent Pew Research Center poll asked those surveyed, "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?" The Center categorized the respondents by their primary religious affiliation and by their frequency of attending church services. 

Check out the link for the complete findings, but here's a quick summary. 54% of those who attend religious services at least weekly said that torture was justifiable at least sometimes, while only 42% of those who rarely attend religious services said it was sometimes justifiable. There's more fun - among the "unaffiliated" (i.e. non-religious), only 40% fell in the "often" or "sometimes" justifiable camp, while a hearty 62% of white evangelical Protestants were so inclined. 

That's right, the more often you attend church and the more self-identified evangelical you are, the more likely you are to think that torture is defensible. Um, hello, what the bloody hell are the majority of regular churchgoers learning in their churches?? 

Followers of the Prince of Peace...yeah, right...

1 comment:

Pam said...

When do you plan to muse here again?