Sunday, October 09, 2005

Fucking for Satan

Dear Mr Fielding,

As Senator for Victoria I would like to draw your attention to research recently published in The Journal of Science and Religion, Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies. A First Look byGregory S. Paul. As both my Senate representative and a man well known for his position on community values I am keen to hear your response and steps you might consider to prevent a similar decline in Australia.

I know you are a busy man, so I have précised some of the key points of the paper.

The sample included approximately 800 million men, women and children in 17 first world countries.

It covers an analysis of the degree of religiosity (church attendance, bible literacy, creationism) or secularism in each country with available statistics on ‘social health’ factors such as homicide, abortion, teen pregnancy, STD rates, suicide, juvenile mortality, health expenditure and life expectancy.

Results included:
[18] 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 (Figures 1-9). The most theistic prosperous democracy, the U.S., is exceptional, but not in the manner Franklin predicted. The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so, and almost always scores poorly. The view of the U.S. as a “shining city on the hill” to the rest of the world is falsified when it comes to basic measures of societal health. Youth suicide is an exception to the general trend because there is not a significant relationship between it and religious or secular factors. No democracy is known to have combined strong religiosity and popular denial of evolution with high rates of societal health. Higher rates of non-theism and acceptance of human evolution usually correlate with lower rates of dysfunction, and the least theistic nations are usually the least dysfunctional. None of the strongly secularized, pro-evolution democracies is experiencing high levels of measurable dysfunction. In some cases the highly religious U.S. is an outlier in terms of societal dysfunction from less theistic but otherwise socially comparable secular developing democracies. In other cases, the correlations are strongly graded, sometimes outstandingly so.

[19] If the data showed that the U.S. enjoyed higher rates of societal health than the more secular, pro-evolution democracies, then the opinion that popular belief in a creator is strongly beneficial to national cultures would be supported. Although they are by no means utopias, the populations of secular democracies are clearly able to govern themselves and maintain societal cohesion. Indeed, the data examined in this study demonstrates that only the more secular, pro-evolution democracies have, for the first time in history, come closest to achieving practical “cultures of life” that feature low rates of lethal crime, juvenile-adult mortality, sex related dysfunction, and even abortion. The least theistic secular developing democracies such as Japan, France, and Scandinavia have been most successful in these regards. The non-religious, pro-evolution 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. Contradicting these conclusions requires demonstrating a positive link between theism and societal conditions in the first world with a similarly large body of data - a doubtful possibility in view of the observable trend


In light of this evidence, what do you propose to engender a health positive culture in Australia?

Yours truly,
Another Outspoken Female

Post script: My favourite propagandist and I read the article together, then retired to our respective boudoirs to blog up large. Check his out for another take on the same subject. Though done in isolation they are spookily similar. But why doesn't that surprise me?

6 Comments:

Blogger guru Rex said...

You so must send this to that dichead Fielding, also suggest a shorter version as an open letter to Fielding to be sent to the letter pages of the Herald Scum and Age :-)

6:54 pm  
Blogger DJ said...

You know, your could prove beyond doubt that Jesus was Satan and you still wont sway the blind, deaf masses, such is the sway and hold these organised crime syndicates masked as representatives of God have over the poor, the meek and the weak.
People want to be lead, want to be told what and when to do. They want to abdicate responsibility to higher authority and use that higher authority and a reason and excuse for any and everything.
Who said that Religion was the Opiate of the Masses? They were right!

7:34 pm  
Blogger guru Rex said...

dj, you take the thoughts out of my head

4:11 am  
Blogger Justine said...

But don't you reckon that's just polemic? Its not as if he actually interviewed 800 million people.

There is always more crime where there are more churches. Its just correlation, not cause and effect.

dj - He was Karl Marx.

11:35 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

"There is always more crime where there is churches"? What's this assumption based on? And if it is true, what makes it acceptable?

In the introduction to the paper, Paul explored the popularly held misconception that religiosity is socially beneficial. The belief just doesn't follow through with the goods. The link in the title takes you to in interview with Phillip Adams, its worth a listen.

Controversial? Yes. Relevent to Australia, absolutely - with the increasingly christianised agenda of our government.

8:32 am  
Blogger guru Rex said...

Justine, of course he didn't interview 800 million people. This information is readily available from each of the prosperous developed democracies in the form of census and crime / health statistical information. Governments have been collecting this sort of information for over 100 years. The genius of this study was to use that information to test out the assumption that religion is socially benefitial. I think the results are fairly conclusive, don't you?

This study does not even consider the huge amounts of other historical and annecdotal evidence of the negative impact of religion on children, women's rights, minority rights, racism, slavery etc. And it wasn't only homicide, or crime, that was worse where religiosity increased but also childhood and young adult morality, STD infection, teenage pregnancy and abortion. All the things our dear friends from Family First rail against.

Obviously, the best thing we can do to improve society is convert all the churches into dance clubs and bath houses!

3:07 pm  

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