There was a video published the other day titled "Imagine if All Atheists Left America". Thanks to the author who posted this video as it started me on a roll of trying to figure out how I really felt about it. Since the author of the article has given permission, I have posted a link to it.
The statements made in the video were pretty compelling:
Per the video - Who Would Leave?
1.) Over 10% of Americans would leave but not even .025% of the prisoners.
2.) The majority of the Nobel Prize winners, the majority of University Professors, the majority of scientists.
3.) The owner of the biggest charity.
4.) The intellectuals, the entertainers
Per the video - What Would Change?
1.) Poverty would increase.
2.) Average IQ would fall.
3.) Illiteracy rate per capita would increase.
4.) Average income would decrease
5.) Divorce rates per capita would increase
6.) Teen pregnancy rates per capita would increase
7.) Abortions per capita would increase
8.) STDs per capita would increase
9.) Crime rate per capita would increase
10.) Homicide rate per capita would increase.
Per the video - America would then be grouped with countries with virtually no Atheism and then goes on to list the countries.
1.) Somalia - 0% Atheists
2.) Tanzania - .5% Atheists
3.) Yemen - .02% Atheists
4.) Western Sahara - 0% Atheists
5.) Philippines - .1% Atheists
6.) Romania - .1% Atheists
7.) Pakistan - .2% Atheists
8.) Cambodia - .4% Atheists
9.) Iran - .6% Atheists
The comment I made after watching the video was this.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. A country that permits a variety of religions and non-beliefs , IMO, can be more well-rounded. I think we just need to iron out the many wrinkles to keep Separation of Church and State in tact.
There are churches that do a lot of good. Not all churches or the religious are bad or unintelligent. Maybe their dogma might go against what we believe, but many times, I think, their heart is in the right place.
I guess someone could do a test study to see how this would work out.
I believe if comparisons are going to be made and the statistics stated above in 'What would Change", IMO, they should be made with countries that have similar religious histories and 'melting pot' cultures. To compare the US with the way the above listed countries were portrayed in the video if it became strictly religious, IMO, is wrong. What I see in the video are only areas of those countries that are poverty stricken.
I like the 'melting pot' idea. It brings knowledge and interests from all cultures, races, and walks of life. To be totally one thing, in my mind, limits our thinking and our education. Also having different ideas whether religious or not, IMO, brings in a little more competition into the equation for us to really prove what we think are facts.
In looking at what is happening in the US today, it's difficult for me to put two and two together with this video. We have atheists in this country and we are seeing the loss of the middle class. More and more people are finding themselves with barely enough money to pay for the necessities of life. We are already seeing average income dropping. More and more people are getting caught up in the pay-day loan scenario.
I cannot believe that there are not any intelligent religious people in the US. I do believe many of them would be able to separate science from their religion and are doing it now. I also think many are for Separation of Church and State and if they aren't now, might see the need for it if the USA became strictly a religious country.
The biggest area I see where the issue would lie if the US became a strictly religious country is Separation of Church and State. Will the religious society all of a sudden allow people to break the laws and permit people to run around the streets with weapons? Will they really disregard science for religious studies? Maybe some would, but would the federal government permit it? I think what would happen is we would see both science and religious studies going on. If any country wants to survive, they would have to include studies that are competitive with the rest of the world.
There was another viner who commented in the same article with a statement that I think is so true.
America would be over run by the ones who say they are the religion of peace.
I believe what we would see if all atheists left are new 'religions' popping up that would be in essence atheistic in nature.
Please follow the CoH and UA and be civil to each other.
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