God Makes It Easier to Kill

28 03 2007

According to new research, belief that “God” is on one’s side makes it easier for people (or nations) to engage in war. Take a moment and read the article •at ABCNews.com•, it’s well worth the read!

This is, of course, no surprise to me at all.

An excerpt:

March 27, 2007 — Does believing that “God is on our side” make it easier for us to inflict pain and suffering on those perceived to be our enemies? If we think God sanctions violence, are we more likely to engage in violent acts?

The answer to both those questions, according to new research, is a resounding “yes,” even among those who do not consider themselves believers.

Social psychologist Brad Bushman of the University of Michigan led an international research effort to find answers to these questions, and said he is very “disturbed” by the results, though he found what he had expected. Bushman has spent 20 years studying aggression and violence, especially the impact on human behavior of violence in the media, but most previous research has focused on television and movie violence, not such things as scriptures and texts held sacred by many.

He wanted to take it a step further and see if simply exposing someone to a text that implies God sanctions violence would increase their level of aggression.

Fought in the Name of God

“I think many people use God as their justification for violent and aggressive actions,” Bushman said. “Take the current conflict in Iraq as an example. Bush claims that God is on his side. Osama bin Laden claims that God, or Allah, is on his side.”

History is replete with other examples of wars fought in the name of God, involving nearly every religion on the planet.

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8 06 2009
Tom

And it’s funny that people who have so much hate for people that believe in god can devalue life so quickly. Athiests and Humanists will often passively allude to the end of someone’s life who has an opposing opinion rather than just say that they disagree. So sure their idealic policies translate so well into reality, which they never do, the only rebuttle they will give is an eyeroll. Seems pretty pathetic considering the organization of humanitarian efforts Christianity brings to the table every year.

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