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Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies, a research paper by gregory paul in the journal of religion and society.

some of the results:

  • the US is the only prosperous democracy that retains high homicide rates
  • there is a positive correlation between pro-theistic factors and juvenile mortality
  • rates of adolescent gonorrhea infection remain six to three hundred times higher in the US than in less theistic developed democracies
  • the US also suffers from uniquely high adolescent and adult syphilis infection rates
  • increasing adolescent abortion rates show positive correlation with increasing belief and worship of a creator; again rates are uniquely high in the US
  • early adolescent pregnancy and birth rates are several times higher in the US
  • age of first intercourse, number of sexual partners and similar issues among teens do not exhibit wide disparity or a consistent pattern among the prosperous democracies sampled

interesting. this is just a first glance impression; i'll have to to reread it a lot more carefully.
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