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Quarter Lifer: Down With Dover!

12/20/2005

Down With Dover!

I never broke down & wrote an Intelligent Design post. The whole thing angers me so much I was pretty sure my head would explode if I tried to put my thoughts down on paper, or on monitor as it were. I also try to dodge any topic bloggers have beaten to death. If there are 8 million posts on something already the odds of me adding anything new are slim to none. That being said I am ecstatic to hear about the federal court ruling against ID in the Dover Public School district.
I'd love to bitch & moan about the stupidity of the ID supporters at large. Instead I offer up an article that pretty much sums up the best reason I can think of to keep religion out of schools: Religion will be the downfall of modern society. So if you are all for abortions, STDs & higher murder rates go ahead and keep shoving your god down my throat. But when everything goes to hell in a handbasket just remember those of us who warned you that the handbasket didn't exist in the first place.

Societies Worse Off When They Have God On Their Side


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 performance 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.

“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”

Gregory Paul, the author of the study and a social scientist, used data from the International Social Survey Programme, Gallup and other research bodies to reach his conclusions.

He compared social indicators such as murder rates, abortion, suicide and teenage pregnancy.

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 gonorrhoea 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.

Mr Paul said: “The study shows that England, despite the social ills it has, is actually performing a good deal better than the USA in most indicators, even though it is now a much less religious nation than America.”

He said that the disparity was even greater when the US was compared with other countries, including France, Japan and the Scandinavian countries. These nations had been the most successful in reducing murder rates, early mortality, sexually transmitted diseases and abortion, he added.

Mr Paul delayed releasing the study until now because of Hurricane Katrina. He 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.

He said that most Western nations would become more religious only if the theory of evolution could be overturned and the existence of God scientifically proven. Likewise, the theory of evolution would not enjoy majority support in the US unless there was a marked decline in religious belief, Mr Paul said.

“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.”

8 Comments:

"But when everything goes to hell in a handbasket just remember those of us who warned you that the handbasket didn't exist in the first place."

Nicely said, I agree 100%.

I hope the job search is going well.

9:31 PM  

I, too, couldn't help but post today on ID. By the way, do you think it's a coincidence that the abbreviation for so-called "intelligent design" is so close to the one for erectile disfunction??

-- david

9:51 PM  

502 - Somehow I knew you of all people would like that line. As for the job...groan. Apparently I have a great resume, but lately I've been told I have to settle for something crappy to 'get my foot in the door' - Which is just one of the million cliches Im sick of hearing

DA - At least we have a cure for ED. Too bad there isn't a pill that would cure stupidity.

10:41 PM  

ID doesn't bother me much these days though I must admit I've had times when I was quite up in arms against Creationism. I guess getting older calmed me down. LOL I figure if someone is smart enough they'll discard mumbo-jumbo type things, if they're not smart enough then why worry about them?

10:43 PM  

Utenzi - I only get frustrated because it is a symptom of a larger problem. I think being stupid & uneducated is becoming something of an epidemic in this country. Just look at the damn president.
I don't think leaving people be stupid because it makes them happy is really a good plan. That is like saying 'Who cares if people can read? It's their choice.' I can't accept that. I probably can't change it either, but I can still throw in my two cets if only to make myself feel better.

10:59 PM  

Interesting post and article.

8:02 AM  

Utenzi - I partially agree with you. If someone chooses to believe in nonsense, that is their choice. Freedom of religion is their right. The problem with ID is that the religious nuts are trying to force their nonsense on everybody else. I can't stand by and watch it happen. I would be very happy if they just shut up and kept their god to themselves. I would be ecstatic if they actually developed some brain cells instead.

3:31 PM  

I've surfed by your blog a few times now. It's really well put together. Thought I'd say hi and good job.

- Horace Finkle, Teenage Ghost
www.horacefinkle.blogspot.com

4:04 PM  

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