A new study claims high teen birth rates correlate with high religiosity.
The implication is that religious folks are either hypocrites or too dim to understand contraception. Actually, based on my experience residing in some of the more religious states and growing up with a Sunday School classmate or two who got in the family way without benefit of clergy, I’d say it’s kids who don’t want to admit they’re going to have sex, even to themselves, and therefore do not avail themselves of “protection.” Hypocrisy in a sense. Dimness in a way.
But there are lots of things wrong with this study, such as the fact that rankings are given rather than actual rates. This is a great way to disguise a narrow distribution, or for that matter a broad one. But there’s also the fact that columns of numbers were given instead of an actual graph.
Your humble servant has bestirred himself to remedy this gap:
It’s not exactly a scatter diagram. It looks like a low religiosity does not ensure a low teen birth rate, but it does seem a high religiosity rules out a low teen birth rate.
With one outlier. One state that has both high religiosity and an unremarkable teen birth rate. Can you Name That State?