Pat Robertson

In Theory: Would more religion mean less violence?

In an opinion column called Spiritual Politics, writer Mark Silks reacts to televangelist Pat Robertson’s recent contention that disrespect and a lack of godliness has led to a rise in violence and mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“When there is no vision of God, the people run amok," Robertson stated on “The 700 Club.”

Silks delved into the data and found a reverse correlation showing that states known for higher religiosity also rank among the highest in murder rates, while states with populations least identifying themselves as religious rank at the bottom of the same FBI Uniform Crime Report.

“Of course, correlation is not causation,”...

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