For some reason, white evangelical Christians are more likely to support torture than the rest of us:
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 the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than 6 in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only 4 in 10 of them did.
The full graphic is below:
It’s not great news for anyone. That’s still a lot of people who don’t go to church who support torture.
But that difference is striking.
Why do you think this is?
Is it just a correlation with politics?
Or is there something about their faith that justifies the use of torture?
(Thanks to Greta Christina for the link!)