Wednesday, 9 November 2011


A while ago I posted about a study that showed an inverse correlation between religiosity and intelligence. To see a few examples of the mind numbing stupidity shown by some ultra religious just take a look at some of these clips, and listen to the callers to this Texan atheist TV channel.

But it is not just stupidity that seems to correlate with religion. Paradoxically (?) religious types are more likely to approve of torture of their fellow man. Historically this should come as no surprise. The Salem witch trials, and the Spanish inquisition are just two examples.

This mindset persists today as is shown by this survey. In true 1984 style however the old fashioned term “torture” now seems to be unfashionable, probably due to it’s negative connotations. The practice has now been sanitised by calling it “enhanced interrogation.” There, doesn’t that sound better?

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