Washington DC. What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common? U.S. Americans say they are all more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a Gallup survey released on 3 December, Religion News Service reports. Slightly more than half of Americans (53 percent) rate the moral values of priests, ministers and other clerics as “very high” or “high.” . [Ecumenical News International, ENI-10-0795]
That raises a few questions. Is that just America – factoring in the purveyors of religion for money or miracle healings or the persistance of cults?