WASHINGTON (CNN) —” The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.
More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.”
If rallying behind Sarah Palin proves that a large percentage of conservatives are more interested in the preservation of their end-times anarchical cult than they are the country itself, then the increased support of torture among Church goers proves that the very same people are more interested in the preservation of their cultish nationalistic traditionalism than the actual spirit of the religion they profess to adhere to itself.
Everywhere a religion goes it gets altered by culture. China developed Zen from Buddhism, and that turned into a more militant Zen when it went to Japan. When Buddhism came to America it became just another ala carte new age grab-bag discipline, sort of exemplified by an attitude of “I’ll adhere to the strict guidelines when I feel like it, then complain about my karma and past lives when I don’t, please pass the chips”.
When Christianity came to a hyper-capitalistic society with a vast military industrial complex larger than the entire economies of other nations, guess what happened to Christianity? Any adolescent future historian would be able to cover the answer with his hand and guess correctly without looking. It managed to morph into the exact opposite of the figurehead’s clear and plain words. The prosperity gospel. Overt nationalism. Blind defense of questionable military strategies, an increased acceptance of torture above and beyond the rest of the population. like clock work.
“Amerika” (wave flag here) is the new Christianity. To these pseudo-conservatives, “Amerika” defined by their warped fantastic reconstructions of history, their copious and convenient memory lapses, obfuscations, selective dissection of facts, along with their hallucinatory pastel images of the perfect 50’s and the beautiful land of god-fearing neighborhoods, has become more important than Christianity itself. Christianity is nothing but a plastic decal which represents something far more important underneath- the religion of Amerika. Where the good guys are pure good and the bad guys are pure evil. Where it’s good to strive for slovenliness, to be proud of gluttonous excess, and to attend church regularly. Where it’s good to feel like you’re really cool and rebellious by saying the ice is increasing in the North Pole even when you know it isn’t. To say evolution is a conspiracy when you know it isn’t. To say that despite knowing what we know now Iraq was still a good idea when you know it wasn’t. And to be able to read and defend the sermon on the mount with a straight face yet pretend that the use of torture is okay and compatible with Christianity… despite knowing since the days you slobbered on wooden alphabet blocks in the most cursory of Sunday school classes … that it absolutely isn’t.
But Christianity is not the important part of the conservative religion. Amerika is the religion. Christianity is an artifactual tag-along relic. And this is why this article should frighten people. When the nationalism and religionism of a people skittering on the brink of economic meltdown is no longer remotely associated with any real moral high ground, any form of evil in the name of good is possible. The same people with the creativity vast enough to persuade themselves that evolution is not true and that ice at the North Pole is on the increase, are capable of believing other more atrocious things with atrocious consequences. It has happened before by the same people we are now, and it can be triggered again.