May 9, 2009
A recent poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 54% of those who regularly attend church at least once a week said the torture of suspected terrorists was “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42% of people who seldom attend church services agreed. What does this say about religion’s role in how we perceive justice? And where do you, and your congregation, come down on this issue? Religious values teach us that we have a fundamental responsibility to treat all human beings, even bloodthirsty killers, with basic decency.