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Why Do They Support Torture?

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I was NOT surprised by this.

Am I the only one who remembers the sociopathic snuff film known as "The Passion of the Christ"?

These people don't just approve of torture, they want video, with dubbed-over screaming, and slow motion pans over an excess of blood.

I suspect empathy (or lack thereof) is the underlying culprit -- which itself is a marker of intelligence level. (the more highly intelligent have more fertile imaginations, and consequently are less prone to over-simplify questions and their solutions, and more likely to empathize with "the other"). Knowing that religiosity and IQ (as imperfect a measure as that is) are inversely correlated, I'd expect the results Blitzer and Co. reports.

What is troubling is the sheer number of torturers and torture-enablers, even in the non-religious camp.

I don’t find this ironic in the least. People who believe in religion are obviously going to be easier to convince into believing any fucking thing, like that torture is useful and the sort of thing we should be doing as a nation.

The emails read were pretty fun. Why Blitzer and Cafferty were so surprised by the results is anyone's guess: my best one is that the network didn't want them to come across as anti-religious.

Duh - Old Testament on enemy combatant's asses. Spare the rod and spoil the terrorist.

Plus what y'all have already said.

Why Blitzer and Cafferty were so surprised by the results is anyone's guess: my best one is that the network didn't want them to come across as anti-religious.

Blitzer - who knows. He not all that bright. As or Cafferty - I'm pretty sure your right. He knows very well that the one of the main reasons that Bush retained his core supporters long after he'd proven himself to be a total disaster was that his evangelical base is immune to reality and to any kind of moral criticism of Bush - a 'moral leader'. Any survey conducted today that asks about torture will be inevitably be construed as a referendum on Bush policy - so no matter what the bastard did, they are inclined to support it. If Bill Clinton had ordered torture, the results might well have been different.

sheesh That should have been ...He's not all that bright. As for Cafferty - I'm pretty sure you're right...

I loved most of those emails. I suspect though that CNN might have picked them to give the impression that their viewers are smarter/funnier than they really are. They had to pick the religious idiot with the conspiracy theory, you know, just to be "fair".

They had to pick the religious idiot with the conspiracy theory, you know, just to be "fair".

At least they didn't try to be "balanced"!

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