Friday, June 01, 2012

Will the Religious Make Society Richer and More Free?

In a post titled Religion makes your (sic) richer and more free, Donald Sensing points readers to a Forbes piece, written by Joel Kotkin, titled ‘Protestant Ethic’ 2.0: The New Ways Religion Is Driving Economic Outperformance.

The subject is an interesting, hoary, and hackle raising one, especially when you consider organized religion’s close ties, throughout history, with the state, and most definitely is a subject one should be familiar with, because it does affect you whether you are an individual of faith, or not.

As juxtapostion to Kotkin’s noting the declining trend in individuals’ allegiances to organized religions within his article, I point you to a piece in The American titled The Future Will Be More Religious and Conservative Than You Think.

I do think that the religious have the ability to make society richer and more free, but that thinking is tempered by the knowledge that many religious folks have a tendency to get all fundamentalist with their faith and feel that state sanctioned force is justified in being applied to expand their worldview, which does not make individuals richer or more free.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/01 at 09:57 AM
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Facebook Posts Out Toilet Bomber to Feds

It appears that the Feds are monitoring Facebook closer than many believe.

A federal magistrate judge denied bond for a north Georgia college student Thursday who the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said admitted building bombs.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne confirmed Wednesday a small army of ATF, FBI, GBI and local law enforcement raided a house in the woods where the girl lives near Cornelia…

Winne found fascinating photos on Facebook through her name and now federal documents show Celia Savage facing some fascinating charges.

College student arrested for building bombs during ATF raid

Additional coverage here.

Via Glenn Reynolds, who quips the following.

ARRESTED FOR BLOWING UP TOILETS IN THE WOODS? Or something. The only part that’s really clear is that the feds are apparently watching Facebook pretty closely.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/01 at 08:26 AM
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