Why It Matters
In case you wonder why I bother to write this blog, or in case you wonder why there are so many freethinkers on the internet with websites dedicated to combatting the fundie threat, then run, don’t walk, RUN! over to God is for Suckers! and read the article called I Told You So.
Raindogzilla reports on “a ground-breaking study on religious belief and social well-being [that] was published in the Journal of Religion & Society.” Most of the findings are not a surprise to any intelligent person who bothers to pay attention. It’s good, though, to have some serious scholarship to back up our observations and to quantify the effects. Raindogzilla describes one significant finding:
[...] secular societies have lower rates of violence and teenage pregnancy than societies where many people profess belief in God.
Another important point from Raindogzilla’s post:
All this information points to a strong correlation between faith and antisocial behavior — a correlation so strong that there is good reason to suppose that religious belief does more harm than good.
We need to stop the fundies, but we also need to keep the fundie-lite community on a short leash. I’m not advocating taking away anybody’s irrational beliefs. I am pointing out that we need to be keenly aware of the damaging effects of all religion upon society.