Are there any studies that give evidence that “increasing religious commitment or involvement helps protect youth from delinquent behavior?

In a previous post titled: ‘Defund Police’ Slogan Costs? I stated the following”

“In other words, in my opinion, while no one knows the future, the “root causes” of revenge killings, single parent families, gangs, drugs, are all related by human folly “social causes” and are mainly related to the absence of youths ever being taught religious beliefs.”

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate an ancient proverb and idioms to actual studies to substantiate my above opinion.

King Solomon

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday. But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble.…(Proverb 4:18,19)

Excerpts – Religion, Crime, and Criminal Justice

“There is growing evidence that religion, individual religious commitment, and religious congregations have the potential to help prevent high-risk urban youths from engaging in delinquent behavior …. (Johnson, Jang, Larson, and Li, 2001; Johnson, Larson, Jang, and Li 2000). Johnson and colleagues (Johnson, Larson, Li, and Jang 2000) estimated a series of regression models and found that (a) the effect of neighborhood disorder (i.e., high-crime neighborhoods) on crime was partly mediated by an individual’s frequency of church attendance and (b) involvement of African American youth in religious institutions significantly buffers the effects of neighborhood disorder on crime and serious crime in particular. The authors conclude that the African American church has the potential to be an important agency of local social control and that researchers should not overlook the important role that these religious congregations may play in the lives of disadvantaged youth.

In sum, these previous reviews of the relevant research literature document consistent evidence that increasing religious commitment or involvement helps protect youth from delinquent behavior and deviant activities……

As policymakers consider strategies to reduce delinquency, gang activity, and crime, it is essential for such deliberations to seriously and intentionally consider the role of religion and religious institutions …”

What’s My Point?

The issue of defunding the police can be accomplished by reducing crime. While there is no guarantee it will end crime, the study gives hope to reduce crime which will lead to a path to reduce the need for police funding.

The report also mentions other ‘social causes” that the proponents want to use instead of police funding.

The Supreme Court this year removed State Laws to prohibit tax funding to be used to promote School Vouchers or School Choice.

My point is the ancient proverb observed by King Solomon written 3000 years ago is still relevant in our contemporary times. That is if a youth is taught to walk on a path of righteousness their future will be brighter than the youth that choose a path of crime amd a future that leads to darkness and gloom.

In My Opinion

A simple and wise compromise to defund the police is school choice or school vouchers.

Or as a contemporary idiom states, “the proof is in the pudding.”

In my opinion, the sooner youth in high crime areas are taught religious values, the sooner the need for police to be defunded will occur.

Sadly, the brighter prospects to reduce the present path will take time but will serve to save time in the future according to this idiom.

“A stich in time saves nine”

If Interested

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You Decide

If after reading the study, do you believe it would be a wise path to support school choice or school vouchers as a means to defund the police in the future, which sadly, would be folly in the present.

Source Links

Religion Crime and Criminal Justice

Defund Police Slogan Costs?

Previous Post – School Vouchers

Idioms Meanings

The idiom is usually stated the proof is in the pudding and means that the end result is the mark of the success or failure of one’s efforts or planning. The phrase may also be used in the past and future tenses: the proof will be/was in the pudding. (google)

The ‘stitch in time’ is simply the prompt sewing up of a small hole or tear in a piece of material, so saving the need for more stitching at a later date when the hole has become larger. (