Category Archives: Torture

Who would Jesus torture…

Well, according to American Christians, my Lord and Savior (who, mind you, was arrested on false charges, beaten, whipped, stripped naked and nailed to a cross and left to die by the State and church of his day) would heartily approve of torturing anyone that Uncle Sam deemed worthy of being arrested, stripped naked, beaten, waterboarded, and in some cases killed in the process.

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. (Those numbers, incidentally, roughly mirror the breakdown of Republican versus Democratic voters among white evangelicals.) A full three-quarters (75%) of white non-evangelical Protestants outnumber the 22% of their brethren in saying CIA treatment was justified. White Catholics believe the treatment was justified by a 66-23% margin.