Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wonder if I'll get in trouble for this...

I pointed out this study in an earlier post, and if you didn't read it, the long story short is as follows.

It's a study in which evidence is presented showing that contrary to the claims of theists, religion is NOT a benefit to society. In fact, in the world's prosperous democracies, there is a relationship between quantifiable social problems (e.g. teenage pregnancy, abortions, STDs, suicides) and popular religiosity. Suffice it to say that the USA was found to have quite a lot to deal with on these fronts.

Anyway, I'm not here today to rattle on about the resurgence of God-loving foolishness in the country with the most functional nuclear weapons on Earth. Something else about that study just occured to me. Here's a list of the 'prosperous democracies' that were scrutinized in the study:
  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Denmark
  4. Great Britain
  5. France
  6. Germany
  7. Holland
  8. Ireland
  9. Japan
  10. Switzerland
  11. Norway
  12. Portugal
  13. Austria
  14. Spain
  15. Italy
  16. United States
  17. Sweden
  18. New Zealand
Notice something about this list? Like, perhaps something is missing? Here's a hint: Thou shalt not BLT. That's right, Muslim nations have completely failed to make the list. Now, why do you suppose that is, eh? Could it be that, maybe, just maybe, Islam is in fact a lousy way to run a country? Just a thought. Ayaan Hirsi Ali noticed this, too, and look at the trouble she got into for pointing out this simple fact.

Of course, there's another possibility, that whoever carried out the study didn't dare to offend the sensibilities of Muslim nations by pointing out their utter ineptitude and backwardness. But really, like the Danish cartoons and Ayaan Hirsi Ali's singularly fascinating life, that just speaks volumes about Islam's attitude toward freedom of thought.

There's something to be said for the power of free speech in hastening memetic evolution. And that's going to be said in this blog later, coz I'm hungry. Peace be upon y'all.

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