Countries with a high percentage of non-believers are among the free-est, most stable, best educated and healthiest nations on earth. When nations are ranked according to a human development index, which measures such factors as life expectancy, literacy rates and education attainment; the five highest ranked countries – Norway, Sweden,Australia, Canada and the Netherlands – all have high degrees of non-belief.
Of the fifty countries at the bottom of the index, all are intensely religious. The nations with the highest homicide rates tend to be more religious; those with the greatest levels of gender equality are the least religious.
These associations say nothing about whether atheism leads to positive social indicators or not, but the idea that atheists are somehow less moral, dishonest or less trustworthy has been dis-proven by study after study.
– Greg Graffin, an American prof, author and Punk Rock musician