Religion and deteriorating societies

Speaking of ideologies harming the world (see my last post: “bush’s stubborn ideology tearing the world down“), a recent article in the UK’s Times Online:
<> Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’

RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems. …

The article goes on to show how the very religious United States has one of the worst crime rates and record on teen pregnancy and abortion among western, modern countries–while those with the lowest religiosity have some of the lowest civil and social ills.

To be fair, though, the article only compares the US as an example of a modern religious country against the UK, Scandinavia, France, Japan, and other modern non-religious countries. To have a fair comparison, one would need to look at the rates and numbers of the same social ills of some other modern religious country, such as… uhm, are Spain and Italy considered “modern”?
Let’s see, countries as religious as the US… Turkey. Afghanistan. Iran. Maybe India. …