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    Religious impact on Society

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    These stats came from a textbook I am using in one of my classes this semester. Thought they were interesting given the recent religion/moral debate.

    The least religious societies on Earth:
    Norway
    Iceland
    Australia
    Canada
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Belgium
    Japan
    the Netherlands
    Denmark
    United Kingdom

    According to the United Nations Human Development Report (2005) they are also the healthiest, indicated by life expectancy, adult literacy, per capita income, educational attainment, gender equality, homicide rate, and infant mortality.

    Conversely, the 50 nations now ranked lowest in terms of the UN human development index are unwaveringly religious.
    Of the 25 cities with the lowest rates of violent crime, 62% are in "blue" states and 38% are in "red" states. Of the 25 most dangerous cities, 76% are in "red" states, 24% in "blue" states. Three of the five most dangerous cities are in the pious state of Texas.

    -The 12 states with the highest rates of burglary are "red"
    -24 of the 29 states with the highest rate of theft are "red"
    -17 out of the 22 states with the highest rates of murder are "red"
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    It is an interesting study. I would say that due to religion emotions run high. That seems like a logical answer.

    As far at the States study, it would seem it is mostly coincidental information, given that the amount of crime in a state and city flip-flop, since blue has a higher percentage in State, and red has a higher percentage in cities. If that doesn't seem right, please feel free to explain why it wouldn't be, it's just what is striking me at 630 in the morning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LaneyBug View Post
    It is an interesting study. I would say that due to religion emotions run high. That seems like a logical answer.

    As far at the States study, it would seem it is mostly coincidental information, given that the amount of crime in a state and city flip-flop, since blue has a higher percentage in State, and red has a higher percentage in cities. If that doesn't seem right, please feel free to explain why it wouldn't be, it's just what is striking me at 630 in the morning.
    What do you mean they flip flop?
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    I am surprise that Japan is considered least religious society considering they have a lot of pagodas. I know they are every into traditions too.
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    Not surprising ...BUT...we shouldn't forget that there are more red states than blue states so I'm thinking that's a bias study.

    The religion thing doesn't surprise me one little bit though...I think we put WAY too much value in the bible and try to incorporate it into WAY too much in places where it doesn't and shouldn't belong.
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    Gotta love statistics
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    I wonder how easy it would be to move to Norway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaSweetie View Post
    I wonder how easy it would be to move to Norway?
    I was thinking Iceland but....

    most of it's unlivable and the language is too hard to learn
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaSweetie View Post
    I wonder how easy it would be to move to Norway?
    You have NO IDEA how many times I have said that... And then remembered the snow and my thoughts moved father south.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicked View Post
    What do you mean they flip flop?
    Hehe, read it wrong. I'm much more awake now. Okay, so it is all interesting.


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