According to a new study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, those who attend church at least weekly are more prone to say that torture is justifiable. ….Evangelicals, according to the survey, are more prone to saying torture is justifiable than members of the nation's other two main Christian groups: so-called “mainline” Protestants and white, non-Hispanic Catholics. Unaffiliateds–a conglomerated group of atheists, agnostics, and those who say their religion is "nothing in particular–support torture the least: 40 percent say it's justifiable often or sometimes.
In other words, athiests (y'know, the ones that don't have any moral center) support torture the least and evangelicals (who supposedly believe in the message of Jesus the most) support torture the most.
Here's a picture of the results of the survey…
Now, granted that religion is not the predominant predictive factor; party affiliation is the main factor, and when party affiliation is accounted for, then religion ceases to have a correlation:
Second Pew analysis
Indeed, religion is only one of many factors correlated with views on the justifiability of torture. Differences between Republicans and Democrats are even larger than differences across religious groups, with 64% of Republicans saying torture can be often or sometimes justified, compared with only 36% among Democrats. Those with a high school diploma or less education are somewhat more likely to say torture can be justified compared with those with at least some college. Whites are slightly more likely than blacks to say that torture can be justified, and southerners are more likely to take this view compared with people in other regions.
Statistical analysis that simultaneously examines correlations between views on torture, partisanship, ideology and demographic variables (including religion, education, race, etc.) finds that party and ideology are much better predictors of views on torture than are religion and most other demographic factors. In fact, once party and ideology are taken into account, education and geographic region are the only demographic factors that continue to show a strong correlation with views of torture.
Even so, I do find it fascinating how someone can simulateously hold the notion that Jesus is the Son of God and we should look to Him for moral guidance, and also that those $&%^* s.o.b.s in Gitmo deserve every drop of waterboarding they get. I honestly don't get it.