58% Of Evangelicals Blame 'Lack Of Religion' For School Violence

More than a majority of evangelical Christians blame 'lack of religion' for school violence according to a new survey issued by Barna, a polling organization that focuses on matters of faith. (Photo credit: Lucélia Ribeiro)

More than a majority of evangelical Christians blame 'lack of religion' for school violence according to a new survey issued by Barna, a polling organization that focuses on matters of faith.

The three main catalysts for violence cited among American adults—difficult family situations, untreated mental illness and easy access to guns—were identified consistently across different faith segments, with the exception of evangelicals.

While the most common factor chosen among evangelicals pertains to problems at home (63%), they also believe “lack of religion in school” (58%) is a major contributing factor leading to violence, and are much more likely to say this than any other group surveyed, including practicing Christians (34%). According to them, the absence or decline of a religious influence is twice as likely to lead to violence than factors like mental illness (34%) and gun accessibility (26%).

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Tom_Gee
Tom_Gee

I think most political ''Gun Control'' dogma is ineffective, since the great majority of gun related crimes happen when illegal gun use has occurred. Mind you, I'm a democrat, and I have nothing against legitimate gun ownership. But I feel most Gun Control themed campaigns are using the issue to score points, nothing more. And I believe the root of the problem is not the gun, but the user. That said, the REAL UNADDRESSED problem, is typically psychological. Virtually EVERY event involved a shooter with ''deep (always recognized but often unaddressed) psychological issues'' Proper healthcare, involving mental (and dental, but that's another RANT) issues, would be a far greater deterrent. Just sayin'