There was a time when all disease was KNOWN to have been caused by sins and demons. In some places inside the US today - there are people who still believe this. In fact it might even be the majority on certain large demographics if you are willing to allow a person to believe in a little reasonable use of medicine and care. Judging by the born again element who are huge supporters of people like Shrub, anti-abortion, guns and anti gay behaviour - maybe the whole of the US can be viewed as sick. You might think that is just my bias talking. But there is a fair report in a Christian site saying just that!
"The metrics in which the U.S. ranks worst out of the 17 countries are homicides, incarceration, under-5 mortality, gonorrhea, syphilis, abortions, teen births, marriage duration, income inequality, poverty, and hours worked.Because the U.S. performs so poorly in so many respects, its cumulative score on the [Successful Societies Scale is lowest,] placing it as an outlier so dysfunctional relative to the other advanced democracies that some researchers have described it as “sick.” (p. 416)
But it’s #1 in God belief, prayer, belief in heaven and hell, and in rejection of evolution! That’s not much consolation to the Christian, however, because this study destroys the notion that religious "
It goes on to quote edge.org and an article addressing why disbelief is gaining on all religions.
"Disbelief now rivals the great faiths in numbers and influence. Never before has religion faced such enormous levels of disbelief, or faced a hazard as powerful as that posed by modernity. How is organized religion going to regain the true, choice-based initiative when only one of them is growing, and it is doing so with reproductive activity rather than by convincing the masses to join in, when no major faith is proving able to grow as they break out of their ancestral lands via mass conversion, and when securely prosperous democracies appear immune to mass devotion? The religious industry simply lacks a reliable stratagem for defeating disbelief in the 21st century.
WHY THE GODS ARE NOT WINNING
by Gregory Paul & Phil Zuckerman"
Religion is the top disease Earth faces and was just as bad when sins and demons were created.