A fascinating study recently reported that children who are brought up steeped in a religion - any religion - are meaner, less compassionate. less tolerant, and less community-minded. and furthermore, according to the new study, published in the journal Current Biology, "children that come from non-religious households behave significantly more altruistically than those from religious households, as measured by greater acts of generosity towards others."

To most self-aware people, this is not news. Religious dogma that holds the threat of eternal damnation over the heads of its followers for not adhering to its particular doctrines, or one that offers the eternal sexual favors of virgins for committing murder and suicide, couldn't possibly lead to an attitude of compassion for others.

What is news, however, is that this is being studied and reported on, and that participation in religion overall, as we head into 5D, is in serious decline. According to a piece in the Washington Post: "Christianity is on the decline in America, not just among younger generations or in certain regions of the country but across race, gender, education and geographic barriers. The percentage of adults who describe themselves as Christians dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years to about 71 percent, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center."

So, folks, in addition to less murders, bankers, bad food, cigarettes and kids, you can put religion on the "What ever happened to..?" list.

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