RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today. According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems. The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society. It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1798944,00.html I have been saying this all along - Comparing secular nations to nations with strong religious beliefs proves beyond all doubt that secular nations are more stable with less social ills. So not only does religion contribute to the US's burgeoning state of intellectual dysfunction, but also contribues to it social decline.