May 3, 2009

Why the US talks out the ass.

Churchgoing makes one a much-nicer person:

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.

(Illustration found here).

Who are these “white evangelical Protestants” you ask? — The GOP!
And George Jr. is right there.
In October 2005:

One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said:
“President Bush said to all of us: ‘I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.”
Mr Bush went on: “And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, ‘Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East’. And, by God, I’m gonna do it.”
Mr Bush, who became a born-again Christian at 40, is one of the most overtly religious leaders to occupy the White House, a fact which brings him much support in middle America.

And I guess ‘God’ also told him that if he couldn’t get the right answers out of some people —  just torture the shit out of them.

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