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Anyone tried this on Judaism and Christianity

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Submitted by Canderra (United States), Jul 29, 2014 at 11:37

Some previous research suggests that when a country has an official religion, religious participation by its citizens tends to be less rather than more. See Charles M. North and Carl R. Gwin, "Religious Freedom and the Unintended Consequences of State Religion," Economic Journal, Vol. 71, No. 1 (Jul., 2004), pp. 103-117.

So, what percentage of Jews in Israel keep all the mitzvot, as compared with those in Iran, or, say, Christians in China, where they are an oppressed minority? Think shtetl: If you are part of a minority that suffers oppression based on religion, then your religion becomes a more important part of you. If you live where your religion is taken for granted, you will seek it out only when you find yourself in need.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

It's a good point in general but it does not apply to Israel, where Judaism is more practiced than, say, the United States; and it has no bearing on the study at hand, which is not about Muslims in New Zealand etc.

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