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CHRISTIANS MORE SUPPORTIVE OF TORTURE THAN NON-RELIGIOUS AMERICANS


Wish I could say this headline shocks me, but it doesn’t. 

Religion Dispatches

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Americans, by a 59-31% margin, believe that CIA “treatment of suspected terrorists” in detention was justified.

A plurality deemed that “treatment” to be “torture,” by a 49-38% margin.

Remarkably, the gap between torture supporters and opponents widens between voters who are Christian and those who are not religious. Just 39% of white evangelicals believe the CIA’s treatment of detainees amounted to torture, with 53% of white non-evangelical Protestants and 45% of white Catholics agreeing with that statement. Among the non-religious, though, 72% said the treatment amounted to torture. (The poll did not break down non-Christian religions in the results.)

Sixty nine percent of white evangelicals believe the CIA treatment was justified, compared to just 20% who said it was not.

Full article at link above..

Just a final thought; I’d be willing to wager those Christians who supported torture are all members of the pro-life crowd. 

5 comments on “CHRISTIANS MORE SUPPORTIVE OF TORTURE THAN NON-RELIGIOUS AMERICANS

  1. Not shocked here either. I do agree that these christians who support torture may also be part of the pro-life crowd. I wonder if they are also members of the NRA too.

    The love of guns, God and glory. Wouldn’t Paul or the Apostles have taught us it should be God and only HIm.

  2. I agree, I’m not surprised either. However, I bet that those that claim to be Christian are probably in name only? I seem to feel that these Christians are not fully committed to a life of Christ as we are and others that we respectively know? Kind of like the Crusades when people speak negatively about the involvement of Christians that were killing Muslims. The truth is, that they were not Christians, but Catholics under orders of the Pope of each respective era. Even if Catholics refer to themselves as Christians, we know that this cannot be. It’s an oxymoron, because you can’t be a Catholic and a Christian at the same time.

    • Amen. You’re right, anyone can claim to be a Christian but their fruit says otherwise. Here in America, which so many claim is a “Christian Nation” it seems to be the norm to find people who will quickly answer “why yes! im a Christian”—but ask them when they were born again and 99% of the time you are met with a blank stare: they don’t even know what the term means. The same can be (sadly) said for a percentage who are regular church attendees. These are lost people who have no idea what being a Christian really means.

      Those who support the inhumane actions we read of in thi report, cannot possibly be true Christians. Christians are followers of Jesus and his teachings.

  3. Sickening!

    Here’s an article that attempts to justify torture from the Bible!
    http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/17/yes-christians-can-support-torture

    • It can’t be justified no matter what anyone writes, in my opinion Steve. I agree with the quote included in this article from the author at Patheos:

      In a recent post cited by Patheos, nondenominational pastor Brian Zahnd brashly proclaims “You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture.”

      There is no possibility of compromise. The support of torture is off the table for a Christian. I suppose you can be some version of a ‘patriot’ and support the use of torture, but you cannot be any version of Christian and support torture. So choose one: A torture-endorsing patriot or a Jesus-following Christian. But don’t lie to yourself that you can be both. You cannot.

      …Any thoughtful person, no matter their religion or non-religion, knows that you cannot support torturing people and still claim to be a follower of the one who commanded his disciples to love their enemies. The only way around this is to invent a false Jesus who supports the use of torture. (The Biblical term for this invented false Jesus is “antichrist.”)

      Those who argue for the use of torture do so because they are convinced it is pragmatic for national security. But Christians are not called to be pragmatists or even safe. Christians are called by Jesus to imitate a God who is kind and merciful to the wicked.

      The author (of the article) tries desperately get around what the Patheos author wrote, but they are wrong. Jesus plainly said ‘love your enemies’…no if, ands, or buts. If anyone can convince me they would be ok with a loved one being tortured, or can find anything in Jesus’ teaching which disqualifies that plain command, i’ll listen. But i can tell you now, they will not find one thing.

      Thanks for sharing the link Steve!

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