New study raises questions about religion as deterrent against criminal behaviour
A provocative new study is challenging assumptions about the deterrent effect of religion on criminal behaviour. The U.S. study found that through “purposeful distortion or genuine ignorance,” hardcore criminals often co-opt religious doctrine to justify or further their crimes.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I think the proper conclusion of this study is that people who have some kind of personality or mood disorder (of whom there are plenty) and who wish to commit crimes aren't stopped by the fact that they subscribe to some religion or other.
Whether religions have a more general deterance, however, isn't challenged by these findings, at least as explained in the abstract.
"New study raises questions about religion as deterrent against criminal behaviour!"
One is truly amazed at the enormous variety of ways the homosexuals and atheists come up with to demean the faith of complete strangers. Faith that they themselves lack and don't want others to have.
There must be some sort of award for creativity in their mean, nacissistic little circles of superiority, rage and self-loathing. An award for striking out at those who have found happiness and satisfaction in life through religious faith.
Last edited by Ray410; 02-19-13 at 12:35 PM.
Dumb people are more likely to commit crimes. News at 11.
I'm sure their religious convictions run about as deep as your average Kennedy family "catholic".