So, speaking of stupid people… I found this the other day, which generally just reinforced something I’d pretty much thought my entire life…
Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
IQ vs. Religiosity
Study: Again, Christian Conservatives Linked To Lower IQ
Another study links intelligence to lack of religiosity…
Inoculations Against Religiosity: Intelligence and Education
Religiosity and Intelligence
From one of the studies, basically lower intelligence correlates with religiosity because the blind acceptance required by fundamentalism is a result of a lack of critical analysis.
These analyses indicated that intelligence was significantly and negatively associated with five of the six religion measures,with the largest coefficient on fundamentalism (β=−.13). Only spirituality did not relate to intelligence. This pattern of relationships did not change when education was omitted: For each of the religion variables, except fundamentalism,the association with intelligence was practically unchanged (all Δβ≤.01). For fundamentalism, however, removing education from the model increased the association with intelligence to β=−.25 (up from β=−.13). Openness had mixed relationships with the religion measures: For mindfulness, spirituality, and religious support, openness was a significant and positive predictor; however, this relationship was reversed for fundamentalism. Religious identification and private religious practice were not significantly associated with openness. Demographic variables were also significantly associated with the religion measures. Both sex (male = 1, female = 2) and age were positively associated with each of the religion measures with the exception of age on spirituality, and fundamentalism, where a null effect was observed for both age and sex.
You can download the pdf of one of the the studies here.
Now I don’t want to get into it too much – you can read the studies yourself, I linked them above for just that. But, the bottom line is this: Religious people, are basically… stupid.