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.
What do you believe? How would you answer the question at the bottom of this post?
evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say
torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10
supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were
least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.
This is the 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?”