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Churchgoers More Likely To Back Torture

April 30, 2009

I find this truly upsetting.  As a believer in Christ, I find this unacceptable.  What aspect of Christ’s teachings are not being stressed enough in today’s churches?  How can anyone miss the message?

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.

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 analysis is based on a Pew Research Center survey of 742 American adults conducted April 14-21. It did not include analysis of groups other than white evangelicals, white non-Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants, and the religiously unaffiliated, because the sample size was too small.

6 Comments
  1. johnjacobh permalink
    May 3, 2009 11:19 PM

    This poll is not to be taken at face value. It is just one more manipulative device used to advance the Bolshevik Left Agenda.

    In Liberty,
    JJH

  2. April 30, 2009 10:57 PM

    I merely stated the legal difference between abortion and torture. I never gave a personal point of view on the matter. If I were having a baby I would not have an abortion. If asked by a lady I would find or at least try to find an alternative route. But if my life (as a woman) were in danger I frankly have no idea what reaction I would have. Partial birth abortion has been taken so far down the political road, that it has lost the medical meaning. And in the end most late term or partial abortions are in direct relation to the mother’s health. They are not options taken lightly or with haste. Doctors will attest to this.

  3. Patrick permalink
    April 30, 2009 10:50 PM

    Perhaps the christians are merely as flawed as some in their understanding of the ways of peace. If there is a Christ, under what stretch of the imagination could he justify your support of abortion (even by excusing it since you imagine your hands are not bloody) and righteous indignation over waterboarding. Waterboarding is simulated detath; abortion is death on an industrial scale. Perhaps in the churches of Madison they are more upset about simulated death, more upset about simulated sin, but here in Milwaukee the teachings are quite clear. Talk to women who have had abortions, they know its about death–in all instances.

    All of us who are Christians are flawed. We most of us choose to believe the parts that make us feel less wicked. I think that around matters of love and death there is less room to wiggle. Because I believe first in love, I can’t imagine christ wouldn’t love all men equally–which is why in my heart I don’t believe the church teachings on homosexuality. Abortion, however, is a choice, a deliberate destruction of potential.

    All this being said, I’m no bible-thumper as you well know, just long educated in theology. But, more exclusive than the church is the left wing political movement, so I know you must adhere to a pro-abortion doctrine. You believe the nation needs to see photos of “tortured” terrorists, but would find pictures of abortion manipulative and hateful, not some part of seeking the truth. Interesting, isn’t it.

  4. April 30, 2009 8:30 PM

    First, abortion is legal in the United States.

    Second, it is a decision made by a woman and her doctor.

    Third, partial birth abortion is a most rare procedure used to protect the life of the mother.

    Was the topic of the post that hard to follow that your mind wandered?

  5. kcebnelg permalink
    April 30, 2009 8:17 PM

    Hmmm… So let’s just go with the premise that water boarding is torture and I believe Obama and decide “you know what? America is better than that.”

    So what do I call a baby getting a tube jammed into the base of it’s neck, getting it’s brain scrambled and vacuumed out during a partial birth abortion?

    Legal.

    I’m sure as a believer in Christ, you (like me) wonder what aspect of Christ’s teachings were not being stressed enough in our president’s churches he attended.

  6. powpowgo permalink
    April 30, 2009 8:02 PM

    God the Holy Spirit is God of righteous and just his judgment is perfect and fair but man’s judgment is base of emotion, humanism and sentiment. Christians are not perfect themselves who are they to play God and judge on behalf of God?

    God is judging them by the fruit of their life it’s showing.

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