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Religious Ethics : Churchgoing and Approval of Torture Correlate
« on: 2009-05-01 09:17:08 »
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Churchgoers more likely to back torture, survey finds

[ Hermit : Not totally unsurprisingly (given Pews Rightwing Christian nature) I don't find the supporting data for this article  in the publicly available sources at Pew. I will try to remember to look again in 6 months when the raw data should become available. If anyone else finds it on their site, please post a follow-up. Meanwhile, to nobodies' surprise whatsoever, it looks as if the "religiously unaffiliated" may be the most ethical group in the US. ]

Source: CNN
Authors: Not Credited (CNN)
Dated: 2009-04-30
Related: Pew Report

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.

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 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 6 in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only 4 in 10 of them did.

The analysis is based on a Pew Research Center survey of 742 American adults conducted April 14-21. It did not include analysis of groups other than white evangelicals, white non-Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants, and the religiously unaffiliated, because the sample size was too small.
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With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. - Steven Weinberg, 1999
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