Re. "Mesa Musings: There's something missing in Denmark — God," (Jim Carnett column, Oct. 3): In his column, Jim Carnett makes an implicit connection between the absence of God in Denmark and rising social ills in that country. Correlating religiosity with societal health is, of course, simplistic because there may be other factors involved.
With that in mind, contrary to Jim's sanctimonious observations, it is a well-known fact that the Scandinavian countries, while being the least religious in the world, also enjoy the lowest criminality.
A quick search of the Internet reveals that the highly religious United States has a 5 times greater homicide rate than Denmark (4.4 vs 0.85 per 100,000). In fact, the same pattern exists within this country where the more-religious South exhibits higher levels of crime. The conclusion is inescapable: Religious fantasies, like any other delusion, are a drag on human society as they have been for centuries.