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In America, Christians are the Biggest Backers of Torture

In Culture Wars, editorial, Hypocrisy, kooks on May 1, 2009 at 2:00 am

Seriously, is Anyone Surprised Here?

A Pew Survey found that 54% of Americans who attend church at least once a week support the torture of so-called enemy combatants “often” or “sometimes”. That number drops 12% for people who rarely or never attend services. But it was the evangelical Protestants, (you know, the literalists, the creationists, the kings of intolerance) who ran away with it. 62% of evangelicals favor torture often or sometimes. According to the bible and Mel Gibson, Jesus isn’t a big fan of torture. I truly believe these people are fully aware of the extent of their hypocrisy but just block it out, don’t think about it. After all, how could they reconcile their intolerance with the “love thy neighboor” heavy teachings of there messiah. Once again we see the people who take the bible (or any other Bronze Age text) there most literally are the most comfortable with ignoring those teachings that don’t fit into their agenda.

As I said in my tag line, is anyone actually surprised? Torture was the Christian faith’s bread and butter for 1200 years, they used to it to control the populous and to strike fear in anyone offering a dissenting opinion. If people haven’t been able or willing to confront this hypocrisy throughout time, why would they now? This says something very profound about the state of Christian American. It comes out that evangelicals are the biggest supporters of torture, by definition something that against their god’s teaching, and no one is surprised. I would bet that any reasonable secular American would have been able to predict these results. I’m most astonished by this because evangelicals consider their religion to be the most important thing in their life, but they don’t bat an eye at the hypocrisies and contradictions (not to mention the complete lack of evidence). You would think a poll like this would be devastating to believers and the creditability of their church, but it isn’t. Of course, this is expected as you can never question someone’s religion, that is off limits in our society.

Oh, by the way, google “inquisition torture”, and the picture I used for this post, is the 2nd returned. A guy getting waterboarded.

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  1. I find this statistic to be incredibly telling. However, as indicated in the title, it is disconcertingly unsurprising.

  2. I’m not surprised at all. It’s often the self righteous that are the least moral and cruelest. It’s that false sense of entitlement.

  3. I think this is because 1.) xtians are very gullible, and more inclined to believe those who claim “it’s the only way to make us secure”, and 2.) since they so firmly believe that their way of life is the only correct way of life, they are more willing to accept whatever happens to others so long as their way of life is protected (or perceived to be protected, even if it truly is not).

  4. I think it may have to do with their concept of sin and punishment too. If bad people get condemned to a literal hell, where there is fire and brimstone, and devils with chains to beat them, and all sorts of eternal suffering, why would they oppose a little suffering on earth?

  5. I dunno. People tend to ignore the “turn the other cheek” stuff in favor of the “I come not to bring peace, but to bring a sword” stuff…whether they realize it or not. The mushy Jesus loves you stuff is great for when you want to look good to other people, or go and acculturate people in third world countries, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of takin’ care of ter’ists, fuck ’em!

    Also, I feel sorry for any budding water-park entrepreneurs, as the name of a perfectly good water-park ride is now ruined.

  6. What do you expect when their most prominent religious symbol is a cross?
    The whole concept feeds off the torture and execution of one alleged man.
    It’s ingrained in their psyche.

  7. Its just a coincidence that the nutjob god-freaks are more pro-: they are a subset of people who can’t see past their own noses. Most people who really think about it beyond short-term gain or as simple revenge and really consider what it would be like to be a part of a society that advocates torture tend to not come out in favour of it.

  8. Again I say, how in the hell is it that “godless liberals” have the reputation for being unhumanitarian?

  9. I’ve read a lot of stats recently about how the religious, particularly evangelicals, tend to have a worldview based on fear and are more likely to be paranoid than the nonreligious. This might explain, but I as well am not srprised by this article at all.

  10. We’re just lucky?

  11. I think it’s only natural that Christians support torture…after all, torture is a central feature of their worship. They worship a dead Jew on a stick.

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