Religion and the Middle Class

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” -Karl Marx

A black church in Delaware has decided to tackle the idea that God created man. In light of Charles Darwin’s birthday, the Ezion-Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church will discuss the issue of evolution.

While this is interesting, what the Reverend from the church has to say about why this issue is being addressed is even more salient. Rev. William L. Rhines Jr. notes:

“We’re becoming more middle class, upper middle class, so we have more free time … to ponder these eternal issues…”

And this is a fundamental flaw in the pro-religion argument. As we (humanity) because richer, we begin to question the superstition and dogma of any religion. This is why most Western European countries have such low levels of religious participation. This is also why religious participation increases during economic recessions.

So a message to all you atheists. If you want religion out of your government, your schools, and your lives, the key is eliminating poverty. If you can get most people in a society to a point where their basic needs (think Maslow) are met, they will begin to reject religion.

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