Well, this article — God would be an atheist: Why can’t we all be Japanese? — pretty much says what I’ve been saying for a long time now. The only difference is someone actually did the study to back it up.
All believers learn that God holds them responsible for their actions. So far so good, but for many, belief absolves them of all other responsibilities. Consciously or subconsciously, those who are “born again” or “chosen” have diminished respect for others who do not share their sect or their faith. Convinced that only the Bible offers “truth”, they lose their intellectual curiosity and their ability to reason. Their priority becomes not the world they live in but themselves. — Martin Foreman, God would be an atheist: Why can’t we all be Japanese? (November 12, 2005) Institute for Humanist Studies
Or, as I’ve always put it: “Christians Don’t Have to Be Perfect: They’re Forgiven.”
The sad part to me is that I won’t be able to live long enough to see a society where people are ashamed to show how ignorant they are and where churches are recognized as more dangerous and less entertaining than the circus freak shows they most often resemble.
???Special thanks to Bob Marcotte for emailing me the link to this story.