Speaking to the Future Conference (run by California’s Skyline Church) yesterday, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) told the audience that separation of church and state was a “false belief” that didn’t exist in the Constitution… ignoring the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Hice also offered up the hypothetical differences between two towns, one secular and one embracing a Judeo-Christian worldview.
Now, this is historically accurate, but you tell me: What kind of behavior would you expect to happen in a secular town, where God has been kicked out? Well, you’re going to have things like a higher divorce rate. You’re going to have higher crime. You’re going to have gang violence. You will have teen pregnancies. You will have things like drug and alcohol abuse. All these type of things increase in secular societies. That’s historically accurate.
The atheist divorce rate is no higher than it is for Christians.
Sociologist Phil Zuckerman says that “Murder rates are actually lower in more secular nations and higher in more religious nations where belief in God is widespread.” (And atheists are hard to find in prisons.)
The more religious the state, the higher the teen pregnancy rate.
Which makes you wonder: What part of any of this is “historically accurate”? )(Then again, Hice is the same person who once said electing atheists to Congress would be a “frightening thing.” Clearly, he hasn’t educated himself on this issue.)
Hice has a habit of lying. I guess doing it in front of a church audience is old hat to him by this point.
(via Right Wing Watch)