9th September 2011

“Young Canadians, who religious leaders once hoped would find their way back to faith, are instead doing the opposite: leading the country's march toward secularism.”

Michael Valpy

12 Responses to “9th September 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    well, that’s hopeful.

    perhaps others will follow their lead.

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    Yes, good news indeed. Let’s hope this trend has strong roots.

  3. Atheist MC Says:

    Encouraging eh! 🙂

  4. Tom Dinwiddie Says:

    Praise Darwin!!

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Religiosity Highest in World’s Poorest Nations
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/142727/religiosity-highest-world-poorest-nations.aspx

    Poverty and stupidity have always been common among the religious.

  6. Jeff Says:

    Sinjin;

    I hate to disagree, but I must. Poverty and lack of learning (notice I did NOT say education) are the common factor here. When education levels rise, poverty decreases, and so does the acceptance of magical explanations that is necessary to the rise of the religious mindset.

    Lack of learning is a correctable condition – stupidity is forever.

  7. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Jeff I appreciate your disagreement, I had made the point about stupidity before or I would have provided the reference, but I wanted you to know that it is with science that you disagree, not so much me:

    The intelligence–religiosity nexus: A representative study of white adolescent Americans
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289608001013

    IQ AND THE VALUES OF NATIONS
    http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5794972

    I did want to recognize your point about lack of learrning with this link:

    Religiosity and Level of Education
    http://www.bths.edu/majordesc/SSR_Insight/2010_INSIGHT.pdf#page=41

    It appears that either way stupidity or lack of education, both are common among the religious.

  8. CaptainZero Says:

    Jeff – you beat me to the punch! Ignorance and stupidity are distinctly different things. It doesn’t surprise me that the poorest countries also have the least well educated populations. Pity them and support education where you can.

  9. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Captain and Jeff, seems you are wanting to make a point about education which I didn’t speak to.

    1> Of course I think education/learning is an important correctable problem where it is lacking.
    2> I agree stupidity is different and not correctable.

    But these postitions dod not refute my statement “Poverty and stupidity have always been common among the religious”. This remains statistically validated.

    Jeff had said “I hate to disagree, but I must. Poverty and lack of learning (notice I did NOT say education) are the common factor here”.

    Both stupidity and lack of education/learning are common among the religious. If you see the references links I’ve provided you will see this is so.

  10. R J Says:

    guys………………..

    drawing these distinctions is all well and good.

    but, what i REALLY want to know is if this movement

    of young Canadians, cited in the quote, will have

    any effect on the flow of imported Canadian Bacon

    to the U S !!!!

  11. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Canadian Bacon
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109370/

    I often wonder if, in Canada, they call it American Bacon? Kind of the inverse of American cheese.

    I also wonder if in Myanmar, formerly Burma, if they have started calling the Burmese Python the Myanmarmese Python. Cause that’d be a mouthful.

  12. R J Says:

    sin……………….

    i would bet they keep calling it BURMESE.

    remember…..there are burmese kitties and

    siamese kitties too !!