I came across this little gem at Pharyngula: Fox news is trumpeting the happy news that a study shows that religious kids are better behaved than non-religious kids.
I looked across the table at Grasshopper, who was stuffing his face with cereal for his after-school snack before diving into his homework.
Me: “I should have made you go to church when you were little.”
Me: “This study says that you would be better behaved if I raised you with religion.”
I read the article to him. He listens intently, a puckish grin growing on his face as I read.
Grasshopper: “Well…” he shrugs in an exaggeratedly careless way, “Too late now.”
Me: “Yeah. Guess I’m stuck with you the way you are.”
Grasshopper: “Yep. Now, what can I start on fire?”
Theist kids may tend to be better behaved, but non-theist kids tend to be more entertaining.