Class Warfare Blog

June 6, 2017

And the Cure for Immorality … Jesus!

Over the last century and a half, the impact of evangelical protestant Christians on our culture has only grown. Their basic message was and is that the immorality riddling our society can only be cured by accepting Jesus into your heart. (Our current Vice-president and former president George W. Bush are both of this ilk.) They have risen into the political stratosphere of this country to the extent that they are determining policy efforts in major ways to put their ideology into the form of laws governing us all.

But, is their claim correct? To test it, I decided to check some numbers. If they are right, then the prisons should be populated with heathens, pagans, and members of all of those other non-Christian misbegotten religions. The wonderful people at www.fivethirtyeight.com supplied some data, to wit:

This chart compares the population of prisoners to that of the general population. For example: atheists are roughly 10 times more likely to be found in the general population than in prison. Huh, maybe being an atheist  leads to a crime-free life. With Catholics, it seems to be a push, the percent of prisoners reporting to be Catholics is the same as reported by the general populace.

Protestants, which would include the evangelicals are very close to 1:1, maybe 2:1?, indicating that, if Jesus is the cure, apparently it doesn’t work so well, certainly not as well as being an atheist. Of course, the Evangelicals have prepared spin for this situation which is that those people in prison have not truly accepted Jesus into their hearts and, thus, “are not true Christians.” This, of course, is not based upon knowing anything about the prisoners, just that their ideology proclaims that “true Christians” cannot do illegal things, by definition.

If they were looking for a cure, look at the Pentecostals. Very few of them run afoul of the law, so these Evangelicals should be selling Pentecostalism as the cure for society’s immorality, not evangelicalism.

For those wanting to paint Pagans, Muslims, and Native Americans as “real bad guys” and blame their religious affiliation, we need to look in a mirror. We have been locking up non-White people for a very long time for, well, not being white. If a white person had committed their crimes, they would more likely be in county jails for a shorter time or get off scot-free.* The surest way to avoid a murder wrap is to kill someone while wearing a policeman’s uniform. We do not want to believe our police are capable of irrational killings, so they don’t. Our faith is indeed strong.

* So as to prevent illiterate criticism of my use of the term scot-free, please be aware that “scot,” in this case, is from the Old Norse word “skot” meaning something to the effect of “payment” or “contribution.” In English, “scot” initially just meant “tax.” The phrase scot-free was first used in reference to municipal tax levies. It does not refer to a Scot, which is a person of Scottish descent. Currently, only rich Republicans seek the phrase as a descriptor.

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4 Comments »

  1. Hmmm. The Catholics data might be skewed. Pope Fanny has been quoted as saying 1 in 50 priests are kiddy fiddlers. Assuming the reported figures of 410,000 priests worldwide, that’s 8200 peodos unaccounted for. In the US, about 100 have been convicted since 1985.

    Just sayin.

    Comment by persedeplume — June 6, 2017 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • The chart just says that the proportion of Catholics behind bars is the same as the proportion outside. There should be a lot more in prison for the reasons you state.

      On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 4:17 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 6, 2017 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

    • Probably self-reporting, which is not all that trustworthy. The number of Buddhists is very small and it wouldn’t take that many wrong doers to make up a sizable percentage. Besides their weird and we lock up weirdos around here, pardner.

      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 6, 2017 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  2. I’m surprised by the buddhists.

    Comment by john zande — June 6, 2017 @ 6:58 pm | Reply


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