What the hell is it about the South?

h/t Washington Monthly

Update: Andrew Sullivan, back in Sept of last year, noted a contemporary polling result…

A new poll released Thursday (Sept. 11) finds that nearly six in 10 white Southern evangelicals believe torture is justified, but their views can shift when they consider the Christian principle of the golden rule.
The poll, commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University, found that 57 percent of respondents said torture can be often or sometimes justified to gain important information from suspected terrorists. Thirty-eight percent said it was never or rarely justified.

Christ’s message of empathy is clearly no longer operational. Get the revelation here

Update 2:  Matt Yglesias makes a wonderful observation on the graph above and on Mike Weigel’s further breakdown showing that this southern phenomenon is due almost entirely to white folks…

“I think Republicans have basically given up on the battle of trying to win more Hispanics over to their side. Which leaves them with the medium-term objective of trying to get non-southern whites to act more like southern whites.”

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