Friday, September 19, 2008

Why do white Southern evangelicals hate America?

Ah, Christians. A poll of white Southern evangelicals (defined as attending church at least once a week) finds (pdf) that 57% of respondents think that torture of suspected terrorists is justified (“often justified” = 20%, “sometimes justified” = 16%). 34% oppose torture, but if asked whether the US should “use methods against our enemies that we would not want used on American soldiers” (i.e., the Golden Rule), that goes up to 50%. In other words, 16% of white Southern evangelicals want to torture our troops.

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