Thursday, February 01, 2007

Religion - pablum for the masses

The study is a couple years old, but the conclusion should put to rest the notion that religion and/or faith is the foundation of societal harmony.

A report in the Journal of Religion and Society found that "higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.

Of course, the study just found the correlation, so it is incorrect to conclude causality from these results. But the data does (or should) put to bed the concept that religion and faith are prerequisites for social stability.

Religion and faith are excuses people give themselves when they don't want to think. And everyone should realize the implications of an ignorant (or intellectually lazy) populace -- we've seen those results too often in human history.


skip sievert said...

Most all the classic serial killers were tormented as kids with religious nut parents.
Hitler was a Catholic alter boy for a while. J.Dommer another one with megga religious parents, and John Wayne Gacey - All classic.

People are brainwashed like this, to build these bars inside themselves to freeze their feelings.
Guess Bush is a classic example of a nut case right now.
He likes John Hagee the Texas Preacher Nutcase Millionaire , and also Minister Jack VanImpe. Both classic crazies who are preaching for the nuking destruction first strike on Iran right now.
Hagee`s book Jerusalem Countdown is very popular. It is calling for the End Times, and the building of the New Jerusalem.
Something is about to snap.

Reign of Reason said...

"Building bars" is right: and for no reason other than to placate an imaginary friend in the sky.

If people would only use their gray matter...

Anonymous said...

The Republican party has used the party of God identification to turn the clocks back to the stone age. No intellect allowed is what they project as the answer. Just pray while we steal the riches from all of you fools. Wake up and follow the money to see what has happened to our affluence and our high standards. They had 8 years to turn the treasure chest upside down and are now claiming that it's the Democrats who have done all of the damage in 1 year.