Ha! The Washington Post runs a story admitting the obvious, and their readership goes berserk:
A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class.
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participation in religion.
“The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” Mauricio Avendano, an epidemiologist at LSE and an author of the study, said in a statement. “It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated.”
Researchers looked at four areas: 1) volunteering or working with a charity; 2) taking educational courses; 3) participating in religious organizations; 4) participating in a political or community organization. Of the four, participating in a religious organization was the only social activity associated with sustained happiness, researchers found.
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Then their leftie, atheist readers do what they normally do when reality conflicts with their beliefs: attack reality!
Afghanistan gave the Russians AND us a lesson.
Do you have a point? One beyond fanatics are eager to die ?
Ah, atheists and agnostics, by and large the bitterest and most unhappy group that I have encountered during my 58 years of making my way through this Vale of Tears. As for religion being a source of consolation during time of grief, from my personal experience that is resoundingly true. When my son died two years ago I pulled myself out of the pit of grief in which I had fallen only by the Grace of God and my hope in seeing my boy again. Of all the terrible things that can happen to us in this world, the most terrible thing is when we lose hope. The believer in Christ never can have that hope taken away, because our hope is not limited to the things of this world. In the times of our darkest despair we still rejoice with Saint Paul:
 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us?  He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things?  Who shall accuse against the elect of God? God that justifieth.  Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword?
 (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.)  But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us.  For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.