Belief in God makes you more racist

Perhaps it can be said at one particular time (although I’m unaware of exactly when), religion offered a way for individuals to feel some degree of community with others who did not share any direct family lineage. Whatever advantage religion conferred to our ancient ancestors, the inevitable tendency for religionists to favor only those with precisely the same belief as them has fostered some of the most genocidal racism and xenophobia. For proof of this, look no further than the Old Testament, which proudly boasts the genocide of the Canaanites and other small tribes unfortunate enough to live in the land of the “chosen” people.

A new study recently found a person’s religiosity is often a very good indicator of their racism. Both conservatives and fundamentalists tend to share the same degree of prejudice, although the orthodox are usually far better at trying to mask it.

All this is nothing new for the rest of us rational enough to have long ago abandoned the divisive clutches of religion. The fact that this same study found those with no religious affiliation tended to be less racist does not surprise us, for we know full well the acidic rhetoric of the faithful. How hollow is the accusation of moral failure on the part of atheists? Shallow and uninformed indeed!

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Comments (9)

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    Razzle

    Perhaps an even better example is the Moabites. The Moabites supposedly seduced a bunch of the Isrealites into sex and worshiping Baal, as a result God kills 24,000 Isrealites and all of the Moabites.

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    Reverend Clint

    No wonder the south and midwest is so racist

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    Reverend Clint

    lol about 100% of people in Japan are religious in one way or another…. make sense if you follow MMA

  • avatar

    Razzle

    Well, is Shintoism a religion? I say no. If you agree, Japan is very non religious.

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    Scott

    Shinto is an animist set of beliefs, very supernatural and spiritual.
    It’s usually considered a minor religion.

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    Tom T

    The article and study makes sense. I wasn’t able to find the questions they had asked the survey respondents…any idea if they are posted online?

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    Reverend Clint

    well most are both Shinto and Buddhist

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    Razzle

    From what I understand, Japanese people don’t take the supernatural very seriously, but i dunno for sure, if anyone has a study, that would be some good info.

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    Anonymous

    This makes sense, as one of the dangers of religion is that it convinces people that their way is the right way, the best way, and they are a special group.

    Occasionally (perhaps often) this mindset makes people respect their religious law over civil law (easy examples: the Baptists in Haiti and Scientolgists in every country). There is a danger in believing your group is better than other groups.

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