The London Times reports that widespread religious belief is bad for societies:
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 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.
Fascinating. The results fly in the face of my understanding of religion (opiate of the masses and all that), so I’d like to reserve judgment until I read the actual paper.