Christianity Thomas on 23 Feb 2010 12:24 am
A recent study lays out the evidence for a link between Christianity and racism:
Further, Wood said, the more devout the religionist, the more extreme the racism.
The opposite is also true; Wood and her co-authors found that the less religious the person, the less racial prejudice is manifested.
One possible surprise? We are all familiar with the stereotype of the fundamentalist Christian ranting against all sorts of people, and assume that she is more likely to harbor racist attitudes than the friendly, rational-seeming Episcopalian next door. Not so.
While fundamentalists were more outspoken with their bigotries, Wood, et al found that mainstream Christians held the same prejudices, while paying lip service to racial tolerance.