Polling confirms the obvious: anti-gay sentiment strongly correlates to religiosity.

Pew just released a poll which confirms what is plain to see:

“Acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people’s lives. These are also among the richest countries in the world,” Pew said in its summary of the findings.

“In contrast, in poorer countries with high levels of religiosity, few believe homosexuality should be accepted by society,” it added.

Next they’ll conduct a poll to see if a diet of nothing but ice cream and Snickers is related to being overweight.

What strikes me as the more important part is how poverty has a positive correlation with religiosity, while in wealthier countries religiosity falls off.  If you want to see atheism really surge, help people live a better quality of life.  Make sure they’re educated and that they are able to see that true hope comes from reality, no from fantasies empowered by a lack of worldly knowledge.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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