Are the data / report correct about Atheism and Theism?

Atheists, being a moderate proportion of the USA population (about 8-16%) are disproportionately less numerous in the prison population (0.21%)

http://atheism.about.com/b/2004/12/26/atheism-thei...

1925, Canada, prison population of atheists was 0%

In US, prison population of atheists was less then 0.5%

1997, in US, prison population of atheists was 0.209%

http://atheistempire.com/reference/stats/

http://holysmoke.org/icr-pri.htm

Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’

Is this report accurate ? or is it just misleading ? any rebuttal ??

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/12326

I am a from Asia and i am a christian and i don't think that they are reflecting the truth that societies worse off if God is on their side . I am wondering that the above data/report really true ? or any other factors should be considered to get more accurate figures ? any rebuttal?

Update:

Blessed Atheist:

I didn't mean that the data is rubbish, thx to comment.

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  • SarAnn
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Good thing the individuals conducting such surveys are more objective than you.

    Your personal feelings have no place amongst facts and data.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm an atheist and would love to say, yes to show that we have superior morals, I do feel that the statistics are correct but maybe not be totally true. What I mean is that for the longest time, the only book allowed in prisons was the bible and to this day, priests, ministers and preachers continue to roam the halls of prisons trying to convert the prisoners to Christianity, promising them forgiveness and eternal bliss if they repent. Also, many prisoners will claim to have found god, only because it makes them look good in the eyes of the general christian public and may grant them early parole. have they truly converted? only they know for sure.

  • 1 decade ago

    It makes sense, there is a positive correlation between intelligence and non-belief, there's no denying that.

    That said, a lot of people claim to have 'found Jesus' while in prison in an attempt to make parole hearings more successful. Although, those that claim to be atheist are less likely to change their beliefs in prison.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it is correct.

    If anything, there would be even more atheists in society and even less atheists in prison because some people are afraid to declare themselves as atheist.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are correct. And atheists are also 10% less likely to get divorced, while evangelical Christians are something like 50% more likely to get divorced. Funny, huh?

  • 1 decade ago

    It might be better to measure a person's religious affinity BEFORE she or he enters prison. One could change dramatically once taking up residence.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    From the 4th link: "The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society."

    The article makes sense to me. Did you read it?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    These statistics are consistent with everything I've read on these subjects. Google "least religious countries" and "countries with lowest crime rates" and you'll find considerable overlap...and vice versa.

  • CC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The statistics you cite are correct.

    However, the interpretations of those statistics vary.

    Source(s): An atheist perspective.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    So - because the data doesn't support your personal beliefs, it must be rubbish?

    Grow up.

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