I am part of a Meeting that supports and participates in the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). We have a banner in front of our Meetinghouse supporting the end of torture, as part of their Banners Across America campaign; and when I'm out and about in Seattle, I see similar banners on other congregations' and religious organizations' buildings.
And yet, a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows some disturbing trends in the connection between religion and support for torture.
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite has an interesting article in the Washington Post on "Why the Faithful Support Torture":
The more often you go to church, the more you approve of torture. This is a troubling finding of a new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Shouldn't it be the opposite? After all, who would Jesus torture? Since Jesus wouldn't even let Peter use a sword and defend him from arrest, it would seem that those who follow Jesus would strenuously oppose the violence of torture. But, not so in America today.
I recommend it.
(Thanks, Grant, for pointing this article out.)