Intriguing article on the relationship between religion and democracy. It discusses the new analysis by Pazit
Ben-Nun Bloom and Gizem Arikan, political scientists at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"What they found was that strong religious belief was linked to a rejection of secular/rational values, in favour of traditional values, and also to rejection of self-expression, in favour of 'survival values' (a hotch-potch of insecurity, desire for hierarchical authority, and intolerance). These, in turn, lead to a rejection not just of overt support for democracy, but also a rejection of the values that make democracy work (things like civil rights and support for democratic procedures)."
Read the article at: Epiphenom: A love-hate relationship between religion and democracy