Jewish Journal

Religious Americans more likely to justify torture

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 1, 2009 | 10:52 am

Speaking of torture, a new survey from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that more than half of the Americans who attend religious services at least once a week found some justification for torture. More from CNN:

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 to 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 six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.

You can see how answers vary by denomination here.

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