A new poll released Thursday Sept. 11 finds that nearly six in 10 white Southern evangelicals believe torture is justified, but their views can shift when they consider the Christian principle of the golden rule.
The poll, commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University, found that 57 percent of respondents said torture can be often or sometimes justified to gain important information from suspected terrorists. Thirty-eight percent said it was never or rarely justified.
Sully goes on a bit to point out…
Southern evangelicals are therefore the mainstay of the torture regime in this country. The only point at which they even balk at torturing people who haven’t been subject to minimal due process is when they are reminded that this could come back to hurt Americans. The idea that torture is immoral in itself seems alien to a majority of the millions who lined up to see Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ.
i don’t really agree with Sully’s Southern bashing after that, being an anti-torture Texan my own dumb racist self, but the poll is telling.
It normally does take a bit of a conversation to correct someone’s thinking to realize Jack Bauer situations normally look like John McCain’s formative years.