Religious zealotry and policy analysis should never be mixed because you wind up with right-wing wackaloonery like this:
According to the American Family Foundation of Kentucky, a right-wing Christian group, the United States has been going to hell since prayer was removed from the schools. Now, as part of a petition drive to put religious observation back in the classrooms where they believe it belongs, the Foundation has warned:
“Prayer was in our schools for over 200 years before the anti-God forces took it out in 1962. After prayer was removed from our schools, teen pregnancy went up 500%, STD’s went up 226%, violent crime went up 500% and SAT scores went down for 18 years in a row, opening the door for the AIDS epidemic and the drug culture.”
Well, there’s a whole lot of stupid. We’ll ignore the fact that teen pregnancy rates have been dropping since 1950, and violent crime has dropped since the 1990s. What I love is the SAT abuse they commit. SAT scores have dropped–though that’s because the pool of students taking the tests is broader (also the SAT designers warn against using the tests for this purpose). So God hates us.
On the other hand, God must love us as the NAEP scores have across the board risen consistently since 1972. And Roe v. Wade would be decided the next year.
Coincidence? Surely not…
The stupid, it burns.