We know that both religious belief and the tendency to see patterns in noise increase among the stressed and the fearful. [Gregory] Paul goes a bit further, observing that the political positions of the religious right actually work to increase the dysfunction of these metrics right across the board. The right’s opposition to contraception and sex ed leads to higher rates of teen pregnancy and venereal disease; their opposition to universal health care worsens national health and increases economic vulnerability; opposition to gun control increases murder rates; opposition to environmental regulation increases pollution-related disorders. And let’s not forget their traditional opposition to gay rights and the social safety net. Let’s not forget their opposition to unfettered scientific research.