THE GREAT DIVIDE!
Journalist Gwynne Dyer recently wrote a piece about a recent BBC poll that revealed that 82% of Britons believe that
Religion does more harm than good.
In Briton, 33% of the people (excluding recent Immigrants) identify themselves as religious compared to the USA where the level is around 85%.
The more Religious a country is
the LESS that it puts towards Social Services.
The higher the rates in Belief/Worship of a Creator
the HIGHER the rates of Homicide, STDs and Teen Pregnancy.
For instance the American ‘Bible Belt’ (Midwest/Southern Region) apparently has higher per capita rates of Homicide, Mortality rates, VD, and Teen Pregnancy. One other interesting point mentioned was that Abstinence practicing boys are far more likely to impregnate their partners.
At the end of his piece Dyer wrote,
"Thank God they didn’t do survey on the correlation between strong religious belief and war.”
Another interesting BBC survey that I came upon in my TIME magazine revealed that
51% of Americans now view their country as having a NEGATIVE influence on the world.
Thirty per cent believed it was Positive and 19% were Neutral.
The USA was categorized as one of the least admired countries along with Russia, North Korea, Iran and Israel.
Jumping back to the first report, Dyer speculated that Godless “all alone under an empty sky” countries decide that they must band together to help one another whereas in America a large percentage of the people believe that ‘transforming lives’ will be taken care of by a higher power and that it is not the responsibility of the State.
The American system of Health Care is certainly a testament to that theory and the fact that they pay Teachers so poorly is another point of contention.