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In general, are atheists more likely to break the law than religious people?

Asked by: GOP
  • Yes, and not just the laws of the land, but moral laws too.

    All other things being equal, ofcourse atheists are more likely to break laws and act immorally. They have no foundation for morality, and reject the concept of inescapable judgement. There is no good to an atheist other than the good of reproducing oneself, and whatever serves that cause is also good, be it lying, stealing, murdering, and so on.

    Concerning "i am atheist and this is why"s argument, "prisons are full of believers", no they aren't, they are full of people who assume the religion of their heritage. I am sure it is not just me who recalls in school, maybe there are two or three real Christians per classroom, but 95% of children placed "Christian" in official documents, even though they ridicule the idea of heaven and God etc, because they believe that religion is inherited.

    Another reason why so many prisoners claim a religion while inside, is because it is beneficial - they have more chance of being released early, and get other privaleges. What is for sure, is that very few people who commit atrocious crimes have the fear of God in their hearts while doing so. Infact, by and large, the fear of God necessarily has to be absent, for any person to commit atrocious crimes.

  • Are religious people more likely to drink Coke?

    Religious affiliation has nothing to do with whether or not you break laws. You do realise that atheists go to prison, right? Why would an atheist break the law and risk getting in trouble any more than the next person? Anyway I did some digging, and check it out. Turns out Christians break the law more. Who'd have thought?
    Http://natskep.Com/only-0-07-of-prisoners-are-atheists-according-to-a-2013-federal-bureau-of-prisons-report/

  • No, stats show otherwise.

    When you look at prison population numbers you quickly see that prisons are full of believers. And this is even when taking into account population percentages of different denominations. So if anything atheists are less likely to break the law than religious people. Of course this is when the "No Trues Scotsman Fallacy" comes into play.

  • It really depends on religion.

    I concede that atheists are more likely to break the law than Christians or Jews, but in terms of religious people in general? It could be a part of a person's religion to break the law! Ultimately, it depends upon the religion of said 'religious person', and how true they actually are to the guidelines of said religion.

  • People Interpret Their Religion to Justify What They Already Think

    People have interpreted Christianity to support everything from Nazism to Socialism. They are liberal, they are conservative. They are pro-gay rights, they are against gay rights. They are pro choice, they are pro life.

    I have heard many politicians claim that they are doing God's work, but I have never heard of somebody saying that they prayed on an issue and totally changed their mind on. Prayer, somehow, seems to almost always confirm what the person already thought. Even when other people pray and get the opposite answer. Religion does not guide morality or a will to follow the law in any way.

  • Religion is totalitarian

    People like Osama Bin Laden commit crimes IN THE NAME OF GOD. They think they have the absolute right to do whatever they want. Once you have a celestial totalitarianism which you can use to justify your actions, you can do anything. On the other hand, atheists, agnostics and secularists care more about their self-interest as well as reason and freedom and thus cooperate. They are not blinded by ignorant superstitions which they defend with ruthless zeal.

  • *Sigh* this again...

    Having a religious affiliation doesn't make you less likely to commit a crime than an atheist (*cough* Hitler was Catholic, paedophile priests *cough*). Morality doesn't come form belief in god, it comes from the brain besides, braking laws is not always immoral e.g. smoking pot, conscious objection, marrying another race, homosexual sexual intercourse...

    Statistically in the US:
    0.7% of the prison population identify as atheists
    28.7 percent identify as Protestant
    and 24 percent Catholic
    these are just the two largest denominations. Christians are vastly over represented in US prisons. However this doesn't necessarily mean that theists are more likely to commit crime than atheists. The truth is both a theist and an atheist can commit a violent crime. Generally there isn't much of a link between religious affiliation and motivation to commit a crime when you exclude extremism, hate crimes and insanity from the picture.

  • Its in the news that Salman khan went to golden temple, Amritsar.

    His arrival to a gurudwara indicates that he is a religious person but then why he is under so much cases. In my point of view that belief on god doesn't lead anything but the believes on our own soul and mind leads to something againt law or in favor of law. It has nothing connection with the god or being religious. Therefore, it shouldn't be said that the atheist is more likely to break the law, it could also be a religious person.

  • One thing has nothing to do with the other!!!!!

    First off being athiest means that you don't believe any religion, not that you are some sort of crazy monster that cares about nothing more than himself and only wants to cause chaos to anything or anyone that does not benefit him in some way. We athiest are normal human beings with normal standards and common sense. The only difference between an athiest and a religious person is the fact that one believes that there is a god that has created everything and the other one follows a more logical and scientific philosophy.
    This question is ridiculous since one thing and the other have nothing to do! More Christians go to jail than atheists because there are more Christians in the world than athiest. If someone breaks the law it's because of their own personal philosophy, one which has nothing to do with the idea of being athiest or not. You don't need religion to have moral standards, all you need is a normal education with a standard family in a standard environment. It may be true that religion does have their own moral standards, which is great, but that in no way means that others point of view and moral standards are wrong, they're just different. I'm baffled that such a question would even appear, because the thought of it is so ridiculous! Religion just provides a certain point of view, which in no way means that said point of view is correct or wrong. Every individual follows what they think regardless of their religious belief.

  • One thing has nothing to do with the other!!!!!

    First off being athiest means that you don't believe any religion, not that you are some sort of crazy monster that cares about nothing more than himself and only wants to cause chaos to anything or anyone that does not benefit him in some way. We athiest are normal human beings with normal standards and common sense. The only difference between an athiest and a religious person is the fact that one believes that there is a god that has created everything and the other one follows a more logical and scientific philosophy.
    This question is ridiculous since one thing and the other have nothing to do! More Christians go to jail than atheists because there are more Christians in the world than athiest. If someone breaks the law it's because of their own personal philosophy, one which has nothing to do with the idea of being athiest or not. You don't need religion to have moral standards, all you need is a normal education with a standard family in a standard environment. It may be true that religion does have their own moral standards, which is great, but that in no way means that others point of view and moral standards are wrong, they're just different. I'm baffled that such a question would even appear, because the thought of it is so ridiculous! Religion just provides a certain point of view, which in no way means that said point of view is correct or wrong. Every individual follows what they think regardless of their religious belief.

  • One thing has nothing to do with the other!!!

    First off breaking the law has nothing to do with whether you believe in some sort of god or not. Breaking the law and/or having moral believes comes from your life experiences, not from some religion. It's true that many religion teach their own moral believes, but you can have you're own believes that come from elsewhere.

    The whole idea of "if you're not judged by god then you wont follow any morals" is just ridiculous. People have moral standards because they're not idiots. It doesn't take some priest or some form of acolyte to know what is wrong morally and what could harm others. Just by having common sense and a normal education in a normal environment you will learn what is something morally wrong and something morally right.

    Furthermore just because you're atheist does not mean that you only think of yourself and you would only do things that benefit you. An athiest is a normal human being, he is not some sort of evil being who is out there to cause chaos and entropy.


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