Monday, January 30, 2006

The Root of All Evil?

Christian conservatives have long maintained that a good religious foundation is not only the tradition in America, but that it is necessary for the health of society. But now, at least one study is challenging that belief. The survey, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, concluded that the more religious a society is, the more dangerous and dysfunctional it is.

As proof, the researchers note that higher rates of belief in and worship of God correlates to WHICH of the following? (Hint: There is more than one correct answer here.)

A) Higher rates of homicide
B) Higher rates of juvenile mortality
C) Higher rates of teen pregnancy
D) Higher rates of high school academic achievement
E) Higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases
F) Higher rates of abortion


A, B, C, E and F: That’s right, the more religious a society is, the higher its rate of murder, juvenile death, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and abortion! So the next time your friends in the religious right are claiming to be “pro life,” tell them that if they really wanted to put a dent in the abortion rate they would stop going to church altogether.


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