Unchurched least likely to back torture, new survey says

April 30, 2009

According to a survey released recently by the Pew Research Center, over half of those who go to services at least once a week say it’s often or sometimes OK to torture America’s enemies. Those who aren’t connected with any religion (the unaffiliated) were the group least likely to back torture, while white Evangelical Protestants were the most likely to say that torture against suspected terrorists can often or sometimes be justified, with more than 6 in 10 supporting it. More details on the Pew report can be found

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If torture is unethical, does it follow that being an Evangelical Christian might be bad for your moral health?

Comments:

#1 Rob (Guest) on Friday May 01, 2009 at 7:28am

I am not surprised by this finding.  In my experience, a common characteristic of conservatives is their enormous capacity to endure the suffering of others.

#2 asanta on Sunday May 03, 2009 at 9:17pm

I’m shocked..shocked I say at these results. Well, actually….no, I’m not surprised at all! And THAT is sad…..

#3 Tim on Tuesday May 05, 2009 at 10:20am

Does this difference persist when political party affiliation is controlled for? It would be very interesting to see that “unaffiliated” Republicans are less supportive of torture than Christian Republicans. It would be a bit less interesting if the torture difference were fully explained by a greater proportion of Democrats in the unaffiliated group compared to the Christian groups.

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