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In "The New Criminology", Max D. Schlapp and Edward E. Smith say that two generations of statisticians found that the ratio of convicts without religious training is about 1/10 of 1%. W. T. Root, professor of psychology at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, examined 1,916 prisoners and said "Indifference to religion, due to thought, strengthens character," adding that Unitarians, Agnostics, Atheists and Free-Thinkers are absent from
penitentiaries or nearly so.
During 10 years in Sing-Sing, those executed for murder were 65% Catholics, 26% Protestants, 6% Hebrew, 2% Pagan, and less than 1/3 of 1% non-religious.
Steiner and Swancara surveyed Canadian prisons and found 1,294 Catholics, 435 Anglicans, 241 Methodists, 135 Baptists, and 1 Unitarian.
Dr. Christian, Superintendant of the NY State Reformatories, checked 22,000 prison inmates and found only 4 college graduates. In "Who's Who" 91% were college graduates, and he commented that "intelligence and knowledge produce right living" and that "crime is the offspring of superstition and ignorance."
I think all religions are incorrect. Some are good some are not. Atheists are also religious. Therefore question is irrelevant. Someone is born in barn does not make him donkey or cow. If someone is criminal is criminal and not Catholic or Anglican.
I think he was saying psychologically, religious influences play a huge role in the criminal mind. So yes, even in anti-religious thoughts... religion is still the foundation of what seems to be some sort of paranoia which leads to extreme behavior as a result of a) fear and b) lack of fear.
So take from it what you will but two things stand out in this very brief sentiment. Fear based religion causes psychosis.
Thanks for the stats and for the reference.
LOL, no offense, but this stats is seriously flawed and skewed.
First, many people tend to turn religious AFTER committing a serious crime like murder. So you need to count if they were religious at the time of crime, not in jail.
Second, in most Western countries Christians constitute a vast majority of population, so numbers should be weighted relative to the percentage of the group in total population to be representative. As they are stated now, they bear no meaning.
Even if religion doesn't kill you... it surely can leave a lasting scar.... My Dad's JW beliefs caused my parents to divorce... Is there topic here on how many couples break up due to clashes in religious beliefs?
I did read a stat that presented Divorce Rates vs Religion. Jews had the highest with Born Agains in a close second. "Other Christians" came in third with "non-believers" having the lowest.
Thanks Dude... Any stats between Catholics and JW???
Statistically they oppose each other but are for the same god.
I gotta be clear... I meant break up between Catholics and JW's.... You gotta pretty smile... ever tried modeling for a tooth paste....You crack me up....LOL
Sorry Jon, it is not about you, it is about Sandra
@Sandra Can I get some of that love too.... just kidding... I hope my GF doesn't catch me now...LOL
Misha is like another Father to me. You can be my brother if you want to! lol.
I love you too. ♥
that was quick... sandra I'm gonna be 21 in Nov.... are you gonna be my elder/younger sis?
Come on... I dig elder sis... I have a kid sis but don't have an elder sis... glad to meet my elder sis ... sorry sis did I upset you... it seems like a sad smiley.
Thanks Sis.... you made some interesting points.... I wanna thank you, Misha, Jewels and Mohit for trying to explain about third eye.... I will read those article links later today.... Hope they all get to see my thanks.... as Jenny doesn't want unnecessary side tracking discussion in that topic....I wanna learn all these nice smileys.
Start off slow young samari. First I would suggest (if have time for it) to go outside and be observant of nature.
If you can, and this might take time, picture yourself as part of it. Not better then it or lesser than it just part of it.
You might picture youself as superior because of you conscious awareness of what exist outside of you but take it a step further.
The Universe does exist. The Earth is made up from the Universe, the Universe exist inside Earth. You are part of the Earth, you exist as part of the Universe.
Try not to separate yourself from this. Mohit and Jewels should have some more for you.
And thanks and your welcome.
I do have a question Tutor, was your mother the Catholic and your father JW?
The report I saw didn't break it down that far...but I'm sure there is a study out there somewhere.
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