Is worshiping a torture implement - the Christian cross- desensitizes people ? Makes them more likely to accept of torture ?
I've read that fundamentalist Christian are much more likely to be approving of torture. And non-religious are much less likely to. Is it because they think if Jesus, the "innocent lamb", suffered greatly on a cross, than why can't some sinful, Muslim heretic take some pain ?
The whole infatuation of many Christians with Jesus suffering on the cross, as depicted in "Passion of the Christ", must be detrimental to their ethical compass.
While liberal Christians who focus on Jesus' message of love may ask "Who would Jesus torture?", conservative Christians who focus on the original sin might ask "Who would Satan torture [in the eternal hell fire]?".
And considering that Muslims (as just about any non-fundamentalist Christian), terrorist or not, are prime candidates, than why not torture them, if that can at least theoretically spare some good Christian lifes? And what is a few days, weeks or even months of torture compared with the entire eternity of hell fire ? Heck, it's just a warm up !