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Thy faithful torturer

Via Pharyngula comes rather disturbing news that church attendance is (weakly) correlated with an acceptance of torture, as revealed by a survey by the Pew Research Center:

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.

Although this is a weak correlation, I find it troubling. If this research shows anything, it shows that religion is not necessary for morality.

And what got 40% of other people so approving of torture? How could anyone support something so evil?

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