From: CNN, Torture prompts soul-searching among some Christians
A survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that white evangelical Christians are more likely to support torture than people who rarely or never attend religious services.
The survey said that 62 percent of white evangelical Protestants say that the use of torture against suspected terrorists can be often or sometimes justified in order to gain important information. …
Chuck Colson, the evangelical pastor who once served as an aide to President Nixon, answered the same question in an online discussion conducted by the Washington Post “On Faith” Web site.
Colson said that Christians are supposed to obey the law, but there may be times when there is a higher obligation [WWJD? Who Would Jesus Torture? Shouldn’t this rather be refusing to torture if the government commands it – editor], such as ignoring a “no trespassing” sign to rescue a drowning man.
“So it is with torture,” Colson wrote. “If a competent authority honestly believes [but what are the real facts? Peter said: “We must obey God rather than man.” “Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God” – editor] that this was the only way to get information that might save the lives of thousands, I believe he would be justified.”