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Correcting the atheists in prison stat

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8/22/2014 4:44:52 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/21/2014 11:07:31 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
Atheists make up more than 1/3 of all criminals: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk.... Atheists make up a proportionally larger prison population than their represetation in society: http://www.ons.gov.uk....

Why are atheists so bad at maths?

Your numbers are for England and Wales. These are the numbers in the United States (1997), based on federally compiled data.

Response Number %
---------------------------- --------
Catholic - 29267 39.164%
Protestant - 26162 35.008%
Muslim - 5435 7.273%
American - Indian 2408 3.222%
Nation - 1734 2.320%
Rasta - 1485 1.987%
Jewish - 1325 1.773%
Church of Christ - 1303 1.744%
Pentecostal - 1093 1.463%
Moorish - 1066 1.426%
Buddhist - 882 1.180%
Jehovah Witness - 665 0.890%
Adventist - 621 0.831%
Orthodox - 375 0.502%
Mormon - 298 0.399%
Scientology - 190 0.254%
Atheist - 156 0.209%
Hindu - 119 0.159%
Santeria - 117 0.157%
Sikh - 14 0.019%
Bahai - 9 0.012%
Krishna - 7 0.009%
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Total Known Responses 74731 100.001%
http://www.holysmoke.org...

Since Christians compose about 75% of prison populations and 75% of free society, while atheists compose between 7 and 16% (depending on survey criteria), and compose only 0.2% of the prison population, Christians are more than 35-times more likely to commit serious crimes than atheists.

Some like to point out that approximately 24% of the prison population did not respond to the survey, and like to pretend that the vast majority of those 18,381 inmates who didn't respond are atheists. However, in ANY survey there are a certain percentage of non-respondents. To simply take those numbers and place them where one prefers is a completely disingenuous practice. The only objective methodology is that which is always followed - the statistics are compiled without including those who do not respond. It makes no more sense to add these 18,381 to the atheist total, than to simply add them to the Christian total.

As outrageously dishonest as it would be (and is, because some Christians do this), to simply add the 18,381 unknowns to the atheist statistics, this only brings the atheists up to 18,537, or 19.875%... still well behind the 75% which are Christian.
"If we believe absurdities we shall commit atrocities." -- Voltaire