Torture Of Terrorist Suspects Supported By Strong Majority Of Christians In The United States

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Maybe they will finally get their wish once Donald Trump assumes office.

Over two-thirds of Christians in the United States support the torture of terrorist suspects according to a poll from last year.

The poll, conducted by The Washington Post shortly after the 2015 release of the CIA torture report, asked participants:

Q: Looking ahead, do you feel that torture of suspected terrorists can often be justified, sometimes justified, rarely justified or never justified?

The Daily Beast was kind enough to help break down the results, reporting that “Sixty-eight percent of white evangelicals believe ‘torture of suspected terrorists’ can be ‘often’ or ‘somewhat’ justified. This is in line with mainline Protestants (63 percent) and white Catholics (68 percent). Together, these are America‚Äôs three largest religious groups, comprising 26 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent of the population, respectively.”

Most interesting, only 41 percent of those who said they have “no religion” answered that they felt that torture was often or somewhat justified. Doing the math, this means that Christians are more than 50 percent more likely to believe in torture than those with no religious affiliation. Begging the question The Daily Beast used for the title of their report:

Who Would Jesus Torture?

Well, Probably Nobody

But then again… not according to these individuals…

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