(They must not have Apostolics there. It seems there is ALWAYS a worse or more harmful religion.)
When it comes to religion in Canada, most adults believe Catholics, evangelicals, and Muslims do more harm than good. All three religions had a net negative score when people were asked if their members helped or hurt Canadian society. Evangelical Christians received the lowest scores.
Those are some of the takeaways from a new survey conducted by the polling group Angus Reid.
I agree with this survey. I live in a hotbed of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians. I dated a Christian and had to sit through a family Christian Music act that was horrendously bad on any scale and yet....because it was CHRISTIAN MUSIC, they all applauded and bought CD's of that gawd awful music. On the darker side, I have seen a woman, married to an abusive alcoholic husband, forced to get up in front of their congregation, and "repent her sins" for not blindly obeying his drunken abusive demands and vowing to obey his every command going forward. She was in tears and she was broken in every way. I hurt so bad for her. I could feel her pain and I could tell she was being forced to put on this display to male dominance. I heard later she packed her bags and fled. The BF at the time saw no issue with making her get up in front of the church and be demeaned for her sins and condemned her for running away. He is no longer a BF and can't find another woman willing to live his mysogynistic vision of marriage. I hear membership numbers are down.......
I'd argue that based on total societal influence, the Roman catholic church has had a far greater impact.
The church basically controlled several provinces, ensured political and law enforcement agencies looked the other way, stifled rights for women, LGBT & aboriginals, gave away children born out of wedlock, ran residential schools, orphanages, and homes for unwed mothers like prisons, etc etc