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20 IQ Point Gap Between Catholics and Protestants

Talking the talk but not walking the walk

What the Catholic Church says and reality are two opposite points on the moral compass

By their fruits ye shall know them

Federal statistics reveal that across the nation, from state to state, there’s a huge difference in social pathology, with murder rates varying 6 fold, abortion rates varying 8 fold, SAT scores varying 228 points, marriage rates varying 72%, and divorce rates varying 21%.  The states with the highest percentage of Catholics (i.e., Rhode Island with 59%, and Massachusetts with 43%) do very poorly in all these areas, whereas the states with the least percentage of Catholics (i.e., North Dakota with 22%, Iowa with 17%, and Utah with 8%) are at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Where you would expect Catholic states to have the lowest abortion rates because of opposition to abortion by the Catholic Church, the abortion rates in ALL of these states are the highest in the country, with the rate in New York (38% Catholic) being 8 times higher than the rate in South Dakota (20% Catholic).  Where you would expect the marriage rate in Catholic states to be the highest, their rates are actually the lowest, with non-Catholic states like Utah (8.3% Catholics) having a marriage rate 73% higher than Catholic states like New York.  With the putative Catholic opposition to divorce, you’d expect to see a clear and distinct difference between states in this area, but relative to the low marriage rates of the predominately Catholic states, there’s no such distinction.  As a percent of the number of marriages, divorces in the most Catholic state Rhode Island (with 59% Catholics) are on par with the least Catholic state Utah (with 8% Catholics).  And even here, Utah wins because their marriage rate is 48% higher than Rhode Island anyway.

A real unexpected outcome of evaluating these statistics is the much lower murder rates in ALL the least Catholic states relative to ALL the most Catholic states.  For decades now, the murder rates in non-Catholic states like Vermont, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota have been lower than 1 per 100,000 population, contrasted to rates greater than 5 in ALL these mainly Catholic states.  In 1994, compared to North Dakota, the murder rate in New York was 55 TIMES higher, in Rhode Island was 20 TIMES higher, and in Massachusetts was 17 TIMES higher.

If the abortion rate of the entire nation were equivalent to South Dakota, there would be 1,256,693 fewer abortions every year.  Conversely, if it were equivalent to primarily Catholic New York, there would be 944,000 MORE.  If the marriage and divorce rates of the entire nation were equivalent to that of Catholic free Tennessee, there would be 832,000 MORE marriages and fewer divorces.  Conversely, if it were equivalent to a Catholic state like Massachusetts, there would be 416 thousand FEWER marriages and the divorce rate would INCREASE.  If the murder rate in the entire nation were equivalent to North Dakota in 1994, there would be only 560 murders annually, a reduction of 25,520 murders.  Conversely, if it were equivalent to a Catholic state like New York, there would be 6,090 MORE, and if it were equivalent to Catholic-influenced Washington, DC, there would be 176,900 MORE.

If SAT scores for the entire nation were equivalent to Iowa’s score of 1,221, we’d score the highest in the world on both TIMSS and PISA.  But if they were equivalent to Rhode Island’s score of 993, we’d score between Israel and Africa.

The 100 SAT Math Point Gap Between Catholic and Protestant Boys Is Eighteen IQ Points

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  1. America Sodomized by Catholic Church

    Gay marriage backed in Catholic states

    E-mail|Link|Comments (84) Posted by Michael Paulson July 29, 2009 03:49 PM

    Mark Silk at Trinity College makes an interesting, if counterintuitive, observation: the more Catholic a state’s population, the more likely its residents are to support same-sex marriage. From Mark’s blog, Spiritual Politics:

    “Six of the eight states where 50 percent or more of the public supports gay marriage are the states with the highest proportion of Catholics, ranging from Rhode Island at 46 percent to New York and California at 37 percent. Meanwhile, the eight states most opposed to gay marriage include six of the seven with the lowest proportion of Catholics, from Alabama at six percent to North Carolina at nine percent. In other words, support for same-sex marriage is directly related to the proportion of Catholics in a given state.”

    It’s not entirely clear to me what this means. Mark takes a dig at the Catholic hierarchy, saying, “Way to go, bishops!”, but over at USA Today’s Faith & Reason blog, Cathy Lynn Grossman points out that, “The bishops have campaigned long, loudly and clearly against same-sex marriage but the Catholic Church also offers a pervasive message of social justice, an umbrella many liberal Catholics stand under when they argue for marriage equality or life issues such as abortion, contraception and end-of-life decisions.” There’s much for social scientists to mull over here — I suspect that the states that rate high in support for same-sex marriage also have high levels of support for other liberal causes, and whether that is because of, or in spite of, the religious makeup of the population strikes me as an unanswered question. Also, here in New England, which is a region with high Catholic population, the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts clearly had an impact on views in neighboring states, so it’s possible that for some states the religious makeup of the population is less important than proximity to Massachusetts. Still, food for thought.

    Highest percentage of Catholics per state population.

    Ranking
    Percentage of Catholics per State population
    State
    Number of Catholics
    Outlawed Sodomy

    1
    59.2%
    Rhode Island
    640,274
    No

    2
    42.7%
    Massachusetts
    4,865,216
    No

    3
    41.1%
    New Jersey
    3,605,265
    No

    4
    38.7%
    Connecticut
    1,357,992
    No

    5
    37.6%
    New York
    7,433,366
    No

    6
    29.9%
    Illinois
    3,867,102
    Yes

    7
    29.4%
    Pennsylvania
    3,614,694
    No

    8
    29.2%
    Texas
    6,742,690
    Yes

    9
    29.0%
    Wisconsin
    1,605,155
    No

    10
    28.8%
    California
    10,906,992
    Yes

    11
    27.7%
    Nevada
    661,300

    12
    26.1%
    Louisiana – 2005 total
    816,260

    13
    24.0%
    New Hampshire
    314,471
    No

    14
    22.2%
    North Dakota
    145,789
    Yes

    15
    21.9%
    Washington, D.C.
    575,824

    16
    21.5%
    Minnesota
    1,093,533
    Yes

    17
    21.4%
    New Mexico
    494,449

    18
    21.4%
    Nebraska
    375,808
    Yes

    19
    20.5%
    Michigan
    2,064,103
    Yes

    20
    20.5%
    South Dakota
    154,435
    Yes

    21
    19.0%
    Vermont
    118,000

    22
    18.5%
    Ohio
    2,128,619
    Yes

    23
    18.3%
    Delaware
    230,000
    Yes

    24
    17.1%
    Iowa
    494,698
    Yes

    25
    16.9%
    Maryland
    517,679
    Yes

    26
    15.7%
    Arizona
    908,123
    Yes

    27
    15.1%
    Kansas
    406,916
    Yes

    28
    15.1%
    Maine
    193,228
    Yes

    29
    14.7%
    Missouri
    835,581
    Yes

    30
    14.7%
    Colorado
    666,213
    Yes

    31
    12.7%
    Florida
    2,265,450
    Yes

    32
    12.3%
    Indiana
    767,349
    Yes

    33
    12.1%
    Oregon
    432,170
    Yes

    34
    12.1%
    Montana
    110,409
    Yes

    35
    12.0%
    Washington State
    745,614
    Yes

    36
    11.3%
    Hawaii
    143,240
    Yes

    37
    10.4%
    Idaho
    148,100
    Yes

    38
    9.7%
    Kentucky
    387,062
    Yes

    39
    9.7%
    Wyoming
    49,121
    Yes

    40
    8.7%
    Alaska
    55,643
    Yes

    41
    8.3%
    Utah
    200,000
    Yes

    42
    8.1%
    Virginia
    620,399
    Yes

    43
    5.1%
    Georgia
    441,749
    Yes

    44
    4.6%
    Oklahoma
    160,878
    Yes

    45
    4.6%
    West Virginia
    82,749
    Yes

    46
    4.0%
    Mississippi
    117,942
    Yes

    47
    3.9%
    North Carolina
    336,738
    Yes

    48
    3.9%
    Arkansas
    107,524
    Yes

    49
    3.7%
    South Carolina
    157,450
    Yes

    50
    3.4%
    Alabama
    153,939
    Yes

    51
    3.2%
    Tennessee
    190,684
    Yes

    In Summary:

    ALL of the Murder Capitols of the World are in the US, in CATHOLIC cities! Compared to Christians in mostly Protestant states, pagans in mostly Catholic states are six TIMES more likely to murder even though they have five TIMES as many police per capita, 8 TIMES more likely to have an abortion even though this “church” claims it opposes abortion, 21% more likely to divorce even though they are 50% less likely to marry in the first place, and have SAT scores 228 points lower even though they spend FIVE TIMES as much per student for “education”, not even counting the 40% of the students in states like Delaware who aren’t included in SAT scores because they never even graduate from high school?” While the vast majority of the voters in the 35 mostly Protestant states, plus now Texas and California, have banned sodomite marriages, the mostly Catholic states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York, have sugar coated this issue by calling it “gay rights” and “legalized” the abomination called “gay marriages”. The close vote in California, 52% for banning sodomy and 48% opposed, is due to the high percentage of Catholics in the state, 28.8%, demonstrating that Catholicism’s influence adversely affects twice as many of the population as their actual church membership.

  2. What’s missing from this comparison are the 12th grade NAEP scores where the differences between races, states, and the sexes are known from other standardized tests to be much larger. Nonetheless, the 72 point difference between black and White 8th graders in Washington, DC, which now spends more than $16,000 per student for education (three times per student what North Dakota spends) tells us everything we need to know about educating blacks–they’re patently uneducable. The biggest difference between states in public school scores (excluding D.C.) was 23 points ( 261 in South Carolina vs. 284 in North Dakota), between nonpublic school scores was 26 points (275 in Rhode Island vs. 301 in Texas), and between the highest scoring and lowest scoring black students was 25 points (231 in D.C. vs. 256 in Nebraska), which means that the 72 point difference between black and White students in D.C. is almost three times greater than the state to state differences.

    The most revealing NAEP table is Table B.6, “Mathematics Achievement Levels by Race/Ethnicity Grade 8, Public Schools Only”, where 22% of the White students in our nation’s capitol scored in the advanced math category, but zero percent of blacks and zero percent of Hispanics did. This is the one place in the nation where you would expect the extraordinary expenditure for education would have shown some promise, but instead neither Blacks nor Hispanics did that. If Blacks and Hispanics can be educated, then why do none of them in our nation’s capitol prove that they can be, why have our politicians not been able to use this excellent opportunity to really demonstrate that our education dollars are being spent wisely, and why haven’t the mostly Black and Mexican federal employees in our nation’s capitol been able to get the political muscle needed to get minority groups over the hump in math right in their own backyards?

    The answer is that no state has succeeded at this, no matter how much money they spent. Zero percent of the Blacks and Mexicans in New York, a state which spends almost as much money for education as Washington, scored in this category, compared to 4% of Whites. 9% of the Whites in Alaska did, but zero percent of the Blacks and Mexicans there did. The Blacks in only two states, Massachusetts and Texas scored in this range, but only 1% of them did, compared 6% and 4% respectively of Whites.

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