The devoutly religious make me nervous and there is a pretty large list of reasons why that is. The Pew Research Center has just given me another reason. It seems that the more often a person goes to church, the more likely they are to think that torture is justified.
I don’t suppose it is at all a coincidence that the many of the most barbaric methods of torture in human history were used or even invented by the Spanish Inquisition. Whoever came up with that knee splitter thing… *shudder*
As for this here atheist, I think torturing someone for information defeats the purpose. The person being tortured wants it to stop and will say whatever he thinks the torturer wants to hear. If I were the person in charge of that prisoner, I’d rather have useful information that had some connection to reality.