Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' [snip] The study concluded that the US was the world’s only prosperous democracy where murder rates were still high, and that the least devout nations were the least dysfunctional. Mr Paul said that rates of gonorrhea in adolescents in the US were up to 300 times higher than in less devout democratic countries. The US also suffered from “ uniquely high” adolescent and adult syphilis infection rates, and adolescent abortion rates, the study suggested ... “The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”
i thought it obvious, just look at the theocracies of today. im not clear on what the article and/or the research is saying. it seems a fine line but still it is important to distinguish between these two points --- is the article saying religion is to be blamed. is religion the cause for the social ills? or it is merely saying religion is not the solution?
if religion is the cause, how so? i think the research should have been more in depth. as this is the more important question, how does religion cause these social ills.
i can only offer an analogy of a dog who's been deprived of food. the term "asong ulol" (crazy dog) comes to mind. the dog being so hungry is unable to restrain itself. and at the first oppurtunity of food, it becomes out of control being . it falls into a rampage.
religion then is the process of starvation, and society in time becomes agitated from all the rules and deprivation thereby making them do harmful things -- social ills.