A Moral Nation
by David Atkins ("thereisnospoon")
You can tell a lot about people by the company they keep.
Top death penalty nations, in order of executions carried out in 2010:
3. North Korea
6. Saudi Arabia
Countries with the highest income inequality (out of 136 countries listed; lower rank = more unequal):
95. Cote d'Ivoire
97. United States
Of course, Americans are deeply religious:
Each of the most religious countries is relatively poor, with a per-capita GDP below $5,000. This reflects the strong relationship between a country's socioeconomic status and the religiosity of its residents...
The United States is one of the rich countries that bucks the trend. About two-thirds of Americans -- 65% -- say religion is important in their daily lives. Among high-income countries, only Italians, Greeks, Singaporeans, and residents of the oil-rich Persian Gulf states are more likely to say religion is important.
Most high-income countries are further down the religiosity spectrum. In 10 countries, no more than 34% of residents say religion is an important part of their daily lives. Six of those are developed countries in Europe and Asia with per-capita incomes greater than $25,000.
Moral exceptionalism at its finest. Makes me proud to be an American.