This post by Morgan Williams originally appeared at MadMikesAmerica.
In the US, most God-fearing Jesus Jumpers and even liberal Christians think their faith gives them power over the evils of the world, and generally makes their society a better place to live. They claim to be experts on morality, and desire to inflict their views on others through legislation. They don’t believe in evolution, seeing Darwin as a bad influence, alleging that atheism and secularism have no moral authority.
They bring this spiritual bludgeon to bear on political and religious enemies alike, asserting that they have cornered the market on ethics. If this were the case, we would expect to see the US lead the developed world (most of the rest of which are secularized, godless heathens,) in indicators of a healthy society.
A paper published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports:
“Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly skeptical world. In general, 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.
“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”
If the US is an impressive example of anything, it is an example of what happens when citizens favor superstition over science, abstinence over education, and punishment over prevention.
The study concluded that the less devout the nation, the less dysfunctional it was. Of the prosperous democratic nations, the US had the highest rates of murder. Sexually transmitted disease in the US was up to 300 times as high as in the more secular countries. Despite the hard-line Christian stance on abortion, the US suffered from “uniquely high” teen abortion rates, and syphilis infections for all ages. This trend is also reflected within the US. One need only look at statistics for the red vs blue states, with the states highest in conservative Christianity being most likely to suffer more social ills.
Gregory Paul, the author of the study and a social scientist, said that the evidence accumulated by a number of different studies suggested that religion might actually contribute to social ills. “I suspect that Europeans are increasingly repelled by the poor societal performance of the Christian states,” he added.
There is an inverse correlation between the religious dogmatics and the democratic Darwinists, with the most religious of the nations having the worst society. Says Mr Paul,
“The non-religious, proevolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator.
“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) June 20, 2019
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