The CNN Sucks Web site today reports on a recent analysis by the Pee-yew Forum on Hatred for Traditional Christian Beliefs, which isolated out this question from a larger poll taken by its Pee-yew sister: “Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?”
Without defining what practices they view as torture to include (Waterboarding? Insects in the room? The attention grasp?), Pee-yew let fly its review about a limited number of white U.S. churchgoers because they failed to sample what they thought were a representative sample in other racial/religious categories. The responses:
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.
The analysis is based on a Pew Research Center survey of 742 American adults conducted April 14-21.
To give added context, the sampling size of people who identified themselves as “white evangelical Protestants” was 174, which means a total of 108 of them said undefined torture was “often” or “sometimes” justified.
Meanwhile, in the name of balance I look forward to Pee-yew’s future poll in which they ask 174 Muslims whether they believe public beheadings are “often” or “sometimes” justified. They can feel free to ask a couple whiteys the same question, but make sure they keep the sampling size small enough to not bother analyzing their responses.