Evolutionary Psychology has posted a paper
that concludes societies who lack religion are happier and more prosperous than those whom have religion. It certainly is something that most of us here have always known, but now we have a study to point to. Giggidy!
The article that pointed me to the paper is found here
. The sociologist that wrote the paper isn't hesitant to point out the obvious. Religion is damaging to society rather than an assistance. "Popular religion, is a coping mechanism for the anxieties of a dysfunctional social and economic environment." says Gregory S Paul
Americans are particularly ethnocentric. As a whole we believe that the laws of the US are based on the Bible. The 10 commandments are a common assertion as the basis for our laws. The fact is that US law was originally based on Old English Common Law and modified where need be. The two ten commandments of no theft and no murder are common to virtually all societies, and can even be found in the animal kingdom. Congratulations Christians, you bring nothing above and beyond the animal kingdom
in terms of morality.
Atheists commonly push forth human rights for all. Christians have fought gay rights, brought forth slavery, and defended it with the worst war in US history, the Civil War. We support Science to end suffering in the form of stem cell and teaching evolution at young age to further understanding. Christians have fought science from Copernicus to George Bush.
America... we are no longer the richest country in the world. Personal wealth in terms of savings
, we rank near the bottom by every measure. We don't have the lowest crime. Our Abstinence Only Education is being cancelled because it's ineffective. The Netherlands has the lowest Abortion Rates
in the world. In the US 45,000
people a year die for lack of health care. By what measure is religion good for society?
Christians, I'm calling you out on the carpet. List the benefits of your religion for society. Monarchies? What have you wrought that we should be respectful of? You may say Charity. I point you to Warren Buffet
and Bill Gates
. Maybe you'd like to compare them to the Waltons
? Gates and Buffet are non-believers by the way.
I agree with Mr. Paul. It's time we call out society for it's religious dogma and it's lies. I for one will strive to change the views of anyone whom spouts off lies. You now have the tools in the links here. Religion stifles society from knowledge (read about the Library at Alexandria
) to research. They bring us death in the form of terrorism and encouraging us to war with other nations (remember the fight against Communism?). Virtually everything horrible in our history (US) has a solid religious tie. Thank you religionists... it's time to recognize your contribution and sit down.