As you are probably aware, the “Freedom from Religion” group, an organization that is committed to taking all religion out of public viewing, has recently written letters to the Presidents of Clemson and USC, among others, asking that the University defund the Chaplaincy Program in their schools and not allow prayers or religion discussions to take place with the players of any sport.
This group recently won a court order to have a picture of Jesus taken down in a middle school in Kansas. The Principle caved because one set of parents asked the Freedom from Religion to make this happen.
Interesting world in which we live today, isn’t it?
Two weeks ago, an article appeared in the Greenville News with the headline that had the title of this short essay! I found this rather interesting.
The thought of the article, gathered from a new study, suggested that ‘joining a religious group could do more for someone’s happiness than other form of activity.’ The London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to ‘sustained happiness’ lies in participation in religious activities!
These researchers looked into four areas in the lives of some 9000 Europeans over 50 years of age. These areas were:
(1) volunteering or working with a charity
(2) taking continuing education courses
(3) participation in religious organizations
(4) Participating in a political or community organization.
Of these four areas of life, participating in a religious organization was the ONLY social activity that was associated with sustained happiness.
So there you have it. So much for Freedom from Religion!