An atheist himself, Furedi tends to skewer political correctness of all kinds. One skewer here:
At most, this analysis shows that because smart people spend more time in education and because universities tend to be secular institutions, they will produce proportionally more atheists.
Secularism and atheism are part of the cultural script of higher education, to which a significant minority readily conform.
Smart kids who don’t go to university are more likely to retain their religious affiliation because they are expected to conform to different values. And secular researchers are likely to discover what they already suspect, which is a correlation between their values and high levels of intelligence.
What interests me is why do people embark on a project that seeks to determine the relationship between intelligence and religious belief.
Well, why do people with similar interests threaten violence over a scheduled banknote replacement?
Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose