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    Divergent Effects of Beliefs in Heaven and Hell on National Crime Rates. PLOS One

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0039048

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    Belief in hell, according to international data, is associated with reduced crime
    http://phys.org/news/2012-06-belief-...nal-crime.html
    The study, appearing in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE, found that criminal activity is higher in societies where people's religious beliefs contain a strong punitive component than in places where religious beliefs are more benevolent. A country where many more people believe in heaven than in hell, for example, is likely to have a much higher crime rate than one where these beliefs are about equal. The finding surfaced from a comprehensive analysis of 26 years of data involving 143,197 people in 67 countries.

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    What's strange about that data is that it is in stark contrast to the religious affiliation of prisoners in the US. IIRC Christians make up about 80% of prisoners, Muslims about 7% and atheists less than 1%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SovereignAxe View Post
    What's strange about that data is that it is in stark contrast to the religious affiliation of prisoners in the US. IIRC Christians make up about 80% of prisoners, Muslims about 7% and atheists less than 1%.
    The atheists must be innocent then?

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    Heh heh heh. Something like, "There are no atheists in foxholes."(Reverend William T. Cummings, Bataan) I imagine religiosity before prison is the predicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocWalker View Post
    The atheists must be innocent then?
    lol wut?
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