Statistics show religious Americans are happier than secular counterparts

July 7, 2013 at 2:07 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The solid statistics are in, and the culture of death that we live in is losing badly to the culture of life.

The facts show that at all ages, religious people are less likely to commit crimes. They are more generous to charities, volunteer more often to social beneficial programs and are more active in civil affairs.

Religious Americans enjoy superior mental health, are happier and far less likely to commit suicide.

Religious husbands are less likely to abuse their wives or children, enjoy their sex life more and are far less likely to commit adultery, even though almost every movie has fornication and a token homosexual portrayed as normal. They often run down religion and priests and ministers.

Religious students perform better on tests and are far less likely to drop out of school, which is especially true for African-Americans and Hispanics.

Religious Americans get better jobs and are less likely to be unemployed or on welfare. This is true not only for whites, but also for African-Americans.

Despite the media's bias, more Americans (70 percent) now belong to an area church congregation than ever before in our history.

Rodney Stark's graphic study on American religion in his book, "America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists," may make those in the media stop their distortions. His work is based on good research studies and reliable data.

A survey of journalists found that 86 percent said they seldom or never went to church. Given such ignorance, how would they even know the difference between the truth and a lie?

"America's Blessings" is available at our area library.

Wm. Paul Tasin, Victoria



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