Which countries are at the bottom of the World Corruption Index? Transparency international has Pakistan and Nigeria at the foot of the list. These are among the most religions lands in the world. Pakistan is an Islamic Republic. Some states of Nigeria have Shariah law. About half of Nigerians are Christians. Many of them are fervent and outspoken.
There are religious people who are sincere and honest. Some of them live ethically and in accordance with the best precepts of their faiths. Most people in Pakistan and Nigeria are not corrupt. They are the victims of corruption. Certain elitists rip off the public purse.
If religion led to more moral conduct one would expect the most religious countries to be top of the list. Moreover, one would anticipate that the least religiously observant lands would be at the bottom of the list. In fact the reverse in the case. The Scandinavian countries which are very non-religious are at the top.
The self-deceit involved in religion enables corruption. People who lie to themselves about this issue lie to others about financial matters. They see morality as being bound up with faith and ritual. Probity has little or nothing to do with it. Pecculation can be absolved by undergoing ceremonies.
Is religion the sigh of the oppressed, the opium of the people? Because the masses are so exploited they palliate their sufferings through religiosity. They project onto the almighty all the things they are denied in reality. They imagine the Most High to be omniscient, benevolent, bounteous and forgiving. They seek recompense for injustices suffered in this life by being told that the downtrodden shall be exalted in the next life.
The countries with the most liberty and justice have little needs of such imaginings.