Organic Fertilizer by Design … Is This a Series?
The latest example of this phenomenon comes from Gregory S. Paul who manages to find correlations between several measures of social dysfunction and several measures of religiosity and did it with just 18 data points. (This is wa-ay too few to draw conclusions … even if we ignore the likelihood that the data have been deliberately selected to prove the intended conclusion.)
This study also ignored changes in both religiosity and dysfunctional behavior. For example, Europe used to be more religious. In the other direction, crime rates in the United States have been declining. The current correlations might be temporary. There is some evidence that religion produces improved societies after a delay.
The real problem is that Creationists will cite the uncritical acceptance of this bullbleep by some evolutionists as a reason to disbelieve evolution in general.