Jesus loves you to waterboard Muslins [sic]

The Pew Research Center just published this study showing the relationship between religion and agreement with the statement that torture should be used on suspected terrorists.


It’s no big surprise; the people I know who would approve of torture are mostly white evangelicals. But why is this? What’s the connection between, say, a belief that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that all who believe in him might not perish, but have eternal life, and the belief that it’s okay to torture people? I’m just having trouble finding the path that connects these views.

In other Pew Center news, over 10% of Americans still think Obama is a Muslim, and about 20% of white evangelicals do.   Hmmm.  Are evangelicals thinking that “terrorist” and “Muslim” are synonyms, and that’s why they’re ready to torture them?  What proportion of church-goers are ready to torture Obama?

In their defense, I should point out that the church in which I was raised, the Episcopalians, were among the least likely to approve of torture — almost as opposed to it as atheists are.

One Response to “Jesus loves you to waterboard Muslins [sic]”

  1. Travis says:

    “I’m just having trouble finding the path that connects these views.”

    It’s holy war. A crusade mentality. If you don’t believe in MY god then you are evil and not really human so I can kill you and not piss off my god because, really, I’m doing him a solid by ridding the world of non-believers.

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