Religion generally thrives where education is low, rule of law is weak, and people feel socially and physically insecure. However, American seems to be an exception to these trends. Religion thrives here in America in spite of our higher-than-average (albeit still lacking) stats on these measures. And as in any country where religion thrives, Atheists are viewed with distrust and disgust. It is religious parents and religious professionals that teach these horrible, dangerous attitudes and our laws allow it.
Laws are funny things. Unfortunately, most people vote for laws to match their preferences — even if it means forcing their preferences on others. But should we vote for our preferences? Even if I believe some actions are unfortunate (abortion, hell-preaching and baby-sitting with video games), I won’t vote for my government to fine or imprison people who do these things (that is the consequence of resisting a law). As long as other people’s preferences don’t harm me, I won’t vote for the government to restrain them. But the line is hard to draw. In America, I opt for allowing the unfortunate law that allows parents to brainwash disgust into their children. But even though I won’t vote for my government to stop such activity, I will fight it on a personal level. But I am not sure what I would do if the situation got worse. Consider the Middle East where it is legal for parents to brainwash their children that neighbors who leave Islam should be killed. [Egypt 86%, Palestinian territories 82%]
Question to readers: I made at least four claims in this post — try to accurately and succinctly summarize at least one of my claims and tell us your opinion(s).
Credit: I borrowed this US map and was inspired to write this post after seeing a Slate magazine pic where the red states are where concealed firearms are legal. But I won’t share my opinion on that issue.