Fred Clark, who I'm linking to, writes the Slacktivist blog. He is a devout Baptist who uses his platform to critique other Protestants for the most part. He writes a weekly series examining the theology of the Left Behind series that I consider one of the high points of the internet. Please keep all that in mind as you read this. This is not a wacko commie godless atheist taking people to task. This is a Baptist with an education in theology. This is a man criticizing his own people.
Mr. Clark has promised to spend time later this week making a case for why he thinks 62% of Evangelical Protestants have come to this point. I'll share it when he does.
To use good evangelical language: Devout evangelicals who attend church regularly view sin as justifiable much more often than religiously unaffiliated people who never attend religious services.
Something has gone very, very wrong here.
Consider for a moment who it is that these torture-approving evangelicals claim to follow and remember how he died. The empire had him tortured and then tortured to death. The instrument of that torture has become a symbol that hangs in the sanctuary of every evangelical church. It decorates the pulpits from which their sermons are preached. It hangs from the necks of many of those 62 percent who say that torture is just fine if it makes them feel safer.