I find this to be highly suspect
My first point of contention is with the presupposed notion that we (the U.S.) are a devout nation. As far as I can tell we are moving increasingly further away from being a religious nation. Or did the research data not include the expulsion of God from the Pledge of Allegience? Or the removal of the Ten Commandments from our courthouses? And maybe the researcher conveniently disregarded the lack of publicly displayed Nativity Scenes, or Manorah's for well over a decade. If these are indications of a nations devotion to religion then I fear what a truly secular society might look like.
Another point at which I take issue is the idea that the rate increases are due to religion and not to the falling away from religion. That our dysfunction is caused by our religion and not by our lack of it. We may have many people who go to church regularly, and claim to be Christians, but that hardly means that they really are. Again, if our actions are any indication of what we truly believe, one would be hard pressed to call us a devout nation.
But for me the most telling statements in the study are those which attempt to contrast a devotion to a Creator with belief in evolution. As if that was what the researcher wanted to prove. And isn't it strange that such a study would be released at a time when "Intelligent Design" is being thrown into the courts? It makes one wonder.
All I have to say about this study is this:
"You have wearied the Lord with your words. "How have we wearied Him?" you ask. By saying "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and He is pleased with them." or "Where is the God of justice?" Malachi 2:17
and these words from Jesus:
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." Matthew 5:11