I think it is interesting to note

Posted by lydia on September 26, 2003 at 11:24:35

In Reply to: Re: A matter of perspectives? posted by An Observation on September 26, 2003 at 07:10:08:

That a society that supposedly didn't believe in God or the laws of God killed millions of their own people.

(Russia, China)

They have been one of the worst offenders of crimes against hummanity, and they were the ones that left God out of the picture.

I know this is boiling it down to a very simple form, but I think religion (or a belief in a higher being) definately acts as a restraint on most societies. When you believe that you are accountable to something other then yourself, it does restrain you to a certain extent.