April 25, 2017
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly criticizing the San Antonio mayor for her highly insensitive remarks about belief.
At a recent forum, Mayor Ivy Taylor was asked what she thought were the deepest, systemic causes of generational poverty in San Antonio.
"I'll go ahead and put it out there that to me, it's broken people, you know?" she replied, in part. "People not being in relationship with their Creator, and therefore not being in a good relationship with their families and their communities and, you know, not being productive members of society."
Taylor's shocking response is indefensible, FFRF asserts. (Her after-the-fact clarification through a Facebook statement doesn't help her case.)
To start with, Taylor's answer is untrue. In fact, when any given factor of societal health or well-being is measured, it is invariably the less religious countries that score better. The least religious countries of this world:
- Have the lowest rates of violent crime, homicide and corruption.
- Are the best places to raise children and be a mother.
- Have the lowest levels of intolerance against racial and ethnic minorities.
- Score highest when it comes to women's rights and gender equality.
- Have the greatest protection and enjoyment of political and civil liberties.
- Are better at educating their youth in reading, math and science.
- Are the most peaceful, the most prosperous and have the highest quality of life.
- The correlation between lower religiosity and higher societal well-being is not limited to an international analysis. This trend also exists within United States. Those states that are the most religious also have a high occurrence of societal ills. The most religious states in the nation tend to have the highest rates of poverty, obesity, infant mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, murder and violent crime.