Dogmatism And Race

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A meta-analysis of 55 independent studies published in Personality and Social Psychology Review finds that religious devotion has a positive correlation to racist sentiment. John Shook is not surprised:

Let's read that conclusion again: "Only religious agnostics were racially tolerant." Why would religious agnostics be more humanistic and less racist? Religious agnostics would be people who combine a religious/spiritual attitude in living life with a humble admission that they don't know if their approach is the only right way. Religious agnostics are pluralistic -- they have no problem admiring how different people can enjoy different religious paths. And it is precisely this lack of dogmatism which permits humanistic values to shine through.

(Hat tip: Dan Savage)

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