Study says religion is less of a moral anchor than you'd think
Higher Social Tolerance
Zuckerman found that the children in his studies were less likely to show indications of racism and were more tolerant of woman’s rights and gay rights.
The Altruistic Atheist
What’s most notable from a University of Chicago study that he sites is that kids aged five to twelve from secular households showed more empathy, kindness and generosity than those raised in religious ones.
This same study, led by Professor Jean Decety, found that children from Christian and Muslim families where also less likely to share what they were playing with.
Less Likely to Commit Crimes
Zuckerman sums up his op-ed by mentioning that atheists commit less crimes as adults. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Atheists make up less than one percent of the US prison population.
So before you grab up your pitchforks and declare religious warfare on the God-less, maybe think about what life would look like through a child’s eyes that saw people as what they are… people.
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You can check out Zuckerman’s op-ed here.