Celebrity atheist Sam Harris seems to have no problem with torturing and killing people for their beliefs, so long as it’s his tribe that’s in control.
He explains it thus: “Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live.” (Sam Harris, The End of Faith, p52-53)
He also readily admits, “I am one of the few people I know of who has argued in print that torture may be an ethical necessity in our war on terror” (Sam Harris, Huffington Post, October 18, 2005)
Nobody expects the Samish Inquisition