Who would Jesus torture?

A demonstration of waterboarding. Would Jesus approve?

A demonstration of waterboarding. Would Jesus approve?

I have a lot of issues with organized religion, which make for perfect reasons for my faithful membership at Bedside Baptist. (Elder Pillow and Mother Sheets are the bomb!)

I’ll save my religion (not faith) issues for another post, but this ish right here does not make me want to change my membership anytime soon.
Churchgoers More Likely to Back Torture, Survey Finds
Posted: April 30, 2009 08:21 PM
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.

Read the whole story here. The story goes on to say – so not surprisingly – that white Evangelicals were the most likely to think torture could be justified. (Hat tip to brother Aaron for the link.)

I guess their Bibles have none of Jesus’ words about turning the other cheek.  Or blessing those who curse you, or praying for those who persecute you.

Or this, from the book of Luke.

Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind even to ungrateful and evil people.

If I allowed comments here (which I don’t, for reasons explained in my first posts), I’d really like to hear how followers of Jesus reconcile torture with their faith. Not their religion, but their faith.