It is bad enough that almost the entire top echelon of the Bush administration authorized, condoned, and even encouraged the most disgusting forms of torture and that the Obama administration is protecting these criminals. What is even worse is that surveys show that a majority of Americans actually support the CIA’s acts of torture by a margin of 59-31% and similar majorities think that torture produced useful information, that the torture report should not have been released, and that the people who committed torture should not be prosecuted.
The survey provides a very disturbing view of how people can view themselves as highly moral people and lecture other nations on human rights and yet support the most awful acts.
The breakdown by religion is interesting. When asked if the CIA’s use of torture was justified or unjustified, a new survey found huge majorities of the various religious groupings in the US supported it and that the more religious one is, the more likely to justify the use of torture. The only group for which more people said it was unjustified was the non-religious. (The graphic is from Steve Benen of the Maddow blog.)
While that is encouraging, it was not nearly as large a majority against torture as I would have liked to see among the heathen.