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For decades, some psychologists have asserted that people with religious beliefs are less intelligent. Dr. Leslie Francis of the University of Wales Lampeter suggests that Freud's atheism influenced this conclusion. Now, a study of teenagers by Dr. Francis finds no link between religious faith and low intelligence.

Aged fifteen to sixteen, the 711 participants came from schools throughout England. According to a report from the National Institute for Healthcare Research, the study found that "religious faith and intelligence were independent of each other ...."

Watching the news of the Colorado high-school shootings spurred two alert men to action. They rushed to their computers and claimed the names "," "," and "" before others could, perhaps, set up such a Web site for evil purposes. As one of them, Jose Troche, explained, "I didn't want someone to use those names to come up with a neo-Nazi Web page, saying 'Let's blow up the world.' ...

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The great getaway
July 12, 1999

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