Torture's Unlikely Constituency* August 4, 2009

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

August 4, 2009

The Economist magazine recently published the findings of a global survey conducted by World Public Opinion on the subject of torture.

Large population samples from fourteen countries were asked which of the following two propositions they agreed with: Either that ?All state torture should be prohibited,? or that ?Some degree of torture should be allowed.?

Of the national populations surveyed, the population most emphatically opposed to torture was that of Great Britain, with more than 80% rejecting it in all circumstances, and only 15% describing it as tolerable in certain circumstances.

What of the United States of America, a country whose Constitution expressly forbids cruel and unusual punishment? We finished eighth of fourteen nations surveyed, with nearly half supporting torture in some circumstances and just over half rejecting it outright.

Those results placed the USA below the Muslim nations Indonesia and Egypt. And in proportionate terms, more Americans than Chinese support torture. So much for American exceptionalism.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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