February 16, 2010

Interesting article. It seems that religiousness is tied more to racism than agnosticism is. Agnostics are more tolerant and accepting than religious folks. Very interesting. I wonder if this is why the racist Bad Eagle site reads more like a pontificating sermon these days. Interesting correlation indeed. Remind you of anyone?

Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism

February 16, 2010 (John Shook)

Religious people can be racist, and that's not news. But are they more likely to be racist than non-religious people? A new study now confirms this hypothesis.

The February issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review has published a meta-analysis of 55 independent studies conducted in the United States which considers surveys of over 20,000 mostly Christian participants. Religious congregations generally express more prejudiced views towards other races. Furthermore, the more devout the community, the greater the racism.

We also read this additional fascinating conclusion from the authors' summary:

"The authors failed to find that racial tolerance arises from humanitarian values, consistent with the idea that religious humanitarianism is largely expressed to in-group members. Only religious agnostics were racially tolerant."