Who would Jesus torture? Poll suggests majority of U.S. Christians support “enhanced interrogation”

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New poll finds majority of Americans think torture was justified after 9/11 attacks

by Ken Howard

If, as this article and poll implies, a majority of Christians believe that torture is justifiable, then Christianity has failed in its teaching mission, and we who call ourselves Christians (literally, “little Christs”), as a body, have betrayed our founder.

While I personally believe, based on my reading of Scripture, that Jesus opposed violence of any kind, even in the most expansive interpretation of Augustine’s “Just War Doctrine,” torture has been considered an unimitigated evil: an end that can never be justified by any means.

I am terribly saddened, and I ask for God’s forgiveness for the evil done on my behalf.