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Old March 8th, 2006, 08:33 PM  
Join Date: February 14, 2006

Note that in this version, the names of a couple of religious groups remain non-standardized, and self-identified "Atheist" remains separate from "Unknown/None."

Response Number %
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Catholic 29267 39.164%
Protestant 26162 35.008%
Muslim 5435 7.273%
American Indian 2408 3.222%
Nation 1734 2.320%
Rasta 1485 1.987%
Jewish 1325 1.773%
Church of Christ 1303 1.744%
Pentecostal 1093 1.463%
Moorish 1066 1.426%
Buddhist 882 1.180%
Jehovah Witness 665 0.890%
Adventist 621 0.831%
Orthodox 375 0.502%
Mormon 298 0.399%
Scientology 190 0.254%
Atheist 156 0.209%
Hindu 119 0.159%
Santeria 117 0.157%
Sikh 14 0.019%
Bahai 9 0.012%
Krishna 7 0.009%
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Total Known Responses 74731 100.001% (rounding to 3 digits does this)

Unknown/No Answer 18381
Total Convicted 93112 80.259% (74731) prisoners' religion is known.

Held in Custody 3856 (not surveyed due to temporary custody)
Total In Prisons 96968

You found the name, Hurray. As you see in this one the No answers were seperated from the Athiests. Clearly this is the table that was used by Penn Jillette.

If we accept your statement that athiests make up less then .2% of the total population, but in the same surve 15% refused to answer at all you'll find that this now shows the responses to be on par with the population as a whole, and that religeousness nor the lack there of isa factor in incarceration. The web artical credits Swift, the Journal of the James Randi Education Foundation for the above table.

Penn Jillette is an Athiest of the "I believe there is no God" while James Randi belongs to the "I have seen no convincing evidence of a God, but some may be forthcomming in the future," school of thought. Of course James Randi will pay US$1,000,000 to any one who provides such evidence.

So, duelling statistics at 15 paces.

Incedently Moo, these are descriptive statistics and therefor actually say nothing about causation. Got you to actually go looking for evidence though didn't I? Good work by the way, I didn't give you much to go on to find the study, Just a year and federal prisons. I'm actually relieved that it was a real study. Never trust magicians, that's what Penn Jillette says, and he should know, he is one.
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