“Japan, Sweden, Denmark, etc., have *significantly* lower violent crime rates than America, and *just so happen* to be highly non-Christian, but there is no correlation between their social systems and their actions?”
Of course, this has next to nothing to do with my original post. For the equation between morality and criminality is fallacious.
Every crime is not a vice, and every vice is not a crime.
On the one hand, miscegenation used to be a crime under Jim Crow. Did that make interracial marriage immoral? Or was the law immoral?
On the other hand, a vice may not be a crime. Alcoholism is a vice, but it’s not a crime.
To judge the public morality of a nation by the crime rate is fallacious at several levels:
i) The appeal is circular. For it all depends on what behavior is legal or illegal.
Suppose drug use is a crime. As such, there’s a direct correlation between high drug use and high crime.
Now, you could make the crime go away overnight by simply decriminalization drug use.
The rate of drug use would remain the same, but the crime rate would drop to zero.
ii) To judge public morality by criminality is exceedingly superficial. What about rates of alcoholism, drug addiction, and suicide in Sweden or Demark?
They may not be criminal activities. But they are social ills.
iii) In addition, whether we consider one country morally superior to another depends on our respective value-system. I don’t regard a country that euthanizes the young and the old to be a model of social ethics.