Dear Editor, It is hard to know where to start with a critique of Travis Erbacher's comments [Religion, society don't mix, July 18 Letters, Langley Advance].
He writes that atheistic countries are "happier" than those with religion. The ones he writes about are not officially atheistic. There is a big difference between secular and atheistic.
His reasoning is quickly debunked. In Europe, Estonia has the lowest amount of believers, and its murder rate is consistently the highest. Austria, one of the most religious, has a murder rate lower than all the atheist countries in Europe.
History proves atheistic regimes have been the most violent. The USSR under Stalin and China under Mao come to mind. Millions died under these atheistic governments.
Believers through the centuries have cared for and fed the poor, helped heal and restore people who have suffered from the ills of the world that Mr. Erbacher blames on people of faith.
Christian organizations have succored the downtrodden around the globe. Certainly they are comprised of human beings who fail, but the good always outweighs the bad.
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