Religion Bad For Society?

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Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.

The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.

It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.

Many liberal Christians and believers of other faiths hold that religious belief is socially beneficial, believing that it helps to lower rates of violent crime, murder, suicide, sexual promiscuity and abortion. The benefits of religious belief to a society have been described as its “spiritual capital”. But the study claims that the devotion of many in the US may actually contribute to its ills.

The 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 sceptical 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.



Posted by angelwings on 2005-10-05 06:48:57
Don't blame God and religion for these things.If u have read the Bible u know the Bible does not teach us to do any of these things.
The Bible is against all of these things,so how can u blame them on religion.The Bible is against abortions,and all of the other things mentioned in the artical.
Yet alot of it is supported by those who do not believe in the Bible or God,If ur have nothing to believe in it seems that murder of babies and std,and teenage pregnancy is support by giveing condoms in school giveing sex education to kids to young to even know about it. and when they get pregnent u can just kill the baby.And start all over again.
What is needed is to go back to basics.The increase in all or these behaviors is because of less God,and teaching of the Bible.And people Just like this one supported that to.So who is to blame,for the increase crimes and loose morality?
And as far as suicide goes Religion stop me from killing myself.So don't blame the things some christains,when u know full well was brought on by the loss of morality.People have lost hope,because they don't know where to go renew their spirit anymore.We are spiritual beings.Thats why everybody seems to be looking for something but can't seem to find it.
go jessy, go!
Posted by anonymous on 2005-10-05 23:54:39
I agreed with Jessy Ventura that religion was for the "weak minded." As I listened to the Ed Shultz show today, on AirAmerica, it was disappointing to hear him link evangelicals to anti-choice. If "prolife" christians really stood behind their beliefs, just a little bit, the "military industrial complex" wouldn't be. People, who say they are religious, are as wishy washy as the rest of us.
Posted by anonymous on 2005-10-06 07:45:56
Good thing,this country trys to keep even stupid people safe isn't it? If all stupid people had been aborted no one would even hear u now.
sounds good
Posted by yes on 2005-10-06 22:02:13
i've been saying that for a long time. Nothing could be closer to the truth.
About Time
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-10-09 22:37:11
What took this one so long? More people have been killed in the name of a God than for any other reason, ever! I beleive that we as a society are to intelligent to worship an invisable man. I mean, are you kidding me? And "ANGELWINGS", as for it being a sin to give s to teenagers, well why don't we just give all the babies to you. Ever teen that has a kid can let you take care of it. Will that work for you? You can't stop them from having . And while your at it, why don't you just inject yourself and every person in this world with AIDS! Your pitiful. It's closed minded catholics like you that are ruining our world!
Posted by angelwings on 2005-10-11 06:58:35
First off God doesn't teach us to kill that is mans idea.Its for money and power.As is everything else.So don't blame God for it.And as for being u really think man knows all the answers is that really where u think we all came from.They cant even stop a storm.
Nor does the Bible teach babies to have babies.But, adults like u do.U teach them its ok to have sex, just b careful but lets see how that is working out.There r more teenagers getting pregnant,more abortions.Ur giveing them condoms didnt seem to work did it. The fact is that don't care they have no morals,bcuz they r not taught anything. Of course teens are gonna have sex, they think why not.Whats to stop them,and they don't even think there is anything wrong with it.Even little girls not yet teens r haveing sex.Anywhere and everywhere.I have had them to tell me they don't think its anything wrong with it.So we have been doing things ur way for years now and it isn't working. Time to go back to basics.there was always teen pregnancy,just not as much of it.
And far as not believeing I would b willing to bet if u were dying u would change ur mind.Thats when people believe when they r despirate.DOn't judge the Bible bcuz u have obviously never read it or u would know better.Knowledge is always the best way.
I seem to have so much hate in u.I have done nothing to u.U have no idea what kind of person I am. yet u are mad at me becuz I believe in a God who tells me to love u and all others no matter what u do to me.And to give my life if I have to to people like u,full of hate.
And yes I would take in the babies if I could I know there r alot of people out there who want them and can't have them.If these people don't want kids maybe surgery is the way for them. And that would take care of the problem.
U will never convence me that a partal birth abortion or any other kind is the human way.I have seen how they do them, they stick a long object into the babies head and kill it before its born.
Also I'm not a catholic.And I do believe in condoms and any other birth control.But teaching kids how to have sex in the first place is just wrong.Instead they should be teaching them about Aids,and every other std out there.And teaching its wrong to have sex before marriage.Teach against it.but, prepare them incase.
And I value anybodys opinions, its close minded people who get angry when somebody doesn't agree with them.And ur the only angry person here.BUt, I love u anyway.And will pray for u.


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