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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:22 PM
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CNN: Churchgoers more likely to back torture, survey finds
April 30th, 2009
Posted: 01:55 PM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) 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.

http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/30/churchgoers-mor... /

Does it count as irony if you aren't actually surprised by it?
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:41 PM
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1. well having endured the experience on Sunday morning they want to share it.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:43 PM
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2. You'd think the guy nailed to a cross they wear around their neck...
... might give them second thoughts.
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Ocracoker16 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:44 PM
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4. very funny smartass
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jdp349 Donating Member (372 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:46 PM
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5. +1
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:43 PM
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3. Evangelical Protestantism is basically a wing of the GOP so this doesn't surprise me
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:48 PM
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6. WWJD. Waterboard for Jesus.
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rwheeler31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:51 PM
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7. Good God you go to church to condone torture?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:53 PM
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8. Irony
and no, I am not surprised
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 05:55 PM
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9. Who would Jesus Torture?
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 06:04 PM
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10. So they must think the Romans torturing Jesus was OK...
Besides if it was good for Jesus, then it's good for everyone.
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 06:18 PM
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11. They obviously don't listen to the messages of the scripture read during services.
The gospels always have a message of forgiveness and not being judgmental and prejudice.

Are they just sitting in church every Sunday just so they can say they've gone to church and feed their consciences?
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 06:25 PM
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12. They have little boxes in lieu of brains and they put
Edited on Fri May-01-09 06:26 PM by lunatica
thoughts of the same kind into one box and opposing thoughts of the other kind in other boxes. All nicely organized and all, but each thought is in it's rightful place and there is no cross posting allowed and no dot connecting is tolerated because that just causes thinking and stuff.
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Diclotican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 06:37 PM
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13. LostInAnomie
LostInAnomie

Try my best to be a "shurch goer" but would NEVER EVER suport or back torture...It is illegal an I just hope you in the US have the balls to take on this criminals, and ge the responsible where they belong... No suport for torure here where I am at least..

But then, I am not an american.. And have allways had a tendency to go my own ways
Diclotican
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