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23-02-2012, 05:11 AM
Two interesting Gallup polls
A few years ago gallup made a world wide survay, they asked "Is religion important in your daily life"


The world wide survey:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/142727/religi...ons.aspx#2

The same survey on state level in the US
http://www.gallup.com/poll/114022/state-...ion.aspx#2
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23-02-2012, 09:11 AM
RE: Two interesting Gallup polls
Who didn't already know this?
The poor are uneducated and frightened - and therefore easy prey. Easy prey for threats: they're usually poor because they've been oppressed; easy prey for superstition and magic because ignorant of how things work; easy prey for bigotry, because they're jealous of the little that they have; easy prey for pie-in-the-sky, because earthly improvement is out of reach. (You'll find they also buy the most lottery tickets and have the most good-luck charms).
Plus, they're a ready-made audience for preachers, their weekday life being drab and devoid of excitement. Among the poorest is where you'll find the most dramatic, noisy religious observance.

And then, religion teaches the poor to accept their lot meekly: God intended it and will reward them for patience and obedience, punish them for questioning and rebellion - which they find perfectly credible, since it is what their earthly masters do. So, religion keeps the poor multiplying and quaking in their hovels, tithing to church and working the coalmines.
A wonderfully self-feeding circle of exploitation, this partnership of upper class and clergy has been operating very successfully since the earliest civilizations.

If you pray to anything, you're prey to anything.
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23-02-2012, 12:22 PM
RE: Two interesting Gallup polls
(23-02-2012 09:11 AM)Peterkin Wrote:  Who didn't already know this?
The poor are uneducated and frightened - and therefore easy prey. Easy prey for threats: they're usually poor because they've been oppressed; easy prey for superstition and magic because ignorant of how things work; easy prey for bigotry, because they're jealous of the little that they have; easy prey for pie-in-the-sky, because earthly improvement is out of reach. (You'll find they also buy the most lottery tickets and have the most good-luck charms).
Plus, they're a ready-made audience for preachers, their weekday life being drab and devoid of excitement. Among the poorest is where you'll find the most dramatic, noisy religious observance.

And then, religion teaches the poor to accept their lot meekly: God intended it and will reward them for patience and obedience, punish them for questioning and rebellion - which they find perfectly credible, since it is what their earthly masters do. So, religion keeps the poor multiplying and quaking in their hovels, tithing to church and working the coalmines.
A wonderfully self-feeding circle of exploitation, this partnership of upper class and clergy has been operating very successfully since the earliest civilizations.

I was thinking the same. Example: In the Philippines (surveryed at 96%) the RCC (there is one major island that is muslim but the rest are xian) is campaigning against the RH Bill (reproductive health) which the government wants to implement to reduce poverty by empowering woman (who is thinking of Hitchens and his tirade against Mother Theresa?) by educating them about birth control. This is not about something as evil as free condoms it's just about education.

It is unofficial policy to spread catholicism by exporting their people as domestic workers to the rest of the world, see link...
http://fightrhbill.blogspot.com/2011/03/...ation.html
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23-02-2012, 12:29 PM
RE: Two interesting Gallup polls
(23-02-2012 05:11 AM)FHG Wrote:  A few years ago gallup made a world wide survay, they asked "Is religion important in your daily life"


The world wide survey:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/142727/religi...ons.aspx#2

The same survey on state level in the US
http://www.gallup.com/poll/114022/state-...ion.aspx#2

I found both polls predictable, there is something about wealth and political stability that gives people time to realize what a load of bull crap religion is.

I found the other polls more interesting. Use the second link then look to the menu on the right side. Non christians celebrating christmass was a big surprise, fewer people celebrating easter was a bigger surprise. It seems its easier to be religious when there is something in it for you [christmass] but only a true believer would bother with a straight up religious holiday.
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23-02-2012, 02:14 PM
RE: Two interesting Gallup polls
Another interesting fact is the relationship between average IQ and religiosity by country.

http://hypnosis.home.netcom.com/iq_vs_religiosity.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religiosity...telligence

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