Evangelicals and Torture

A poll commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University shows that 57% of southern, white evangelicals believe “that torture can be often (20%) or sometimes (37%) justified in order to gain important information.” This is of particular interest when compared to the general public of whom only 48% believe that torture can be justified. Apparently, when reminded of the golden rule–do unto others as you would have others do unto you–a significant portion of those polled changed their minds. To me it’s shocking that so many self-professed Christians would even countenance torture, and that Christians would have to be reminded of the golden rule. If you think torture is justifiable, consider this a reminder.