Church leaders in America say there's an ethics crisis in the USA.
Presumably, the answer to this is more religion (at least if you ask them).
Then again, some observers might disagree with that prescription.
After all, mega-popular mega-church preacher Joel Osteen insists that God wants you to be rich. Glorification of wealth, at the expense of other priorities, often fuels a lack of ethics. Or, as the Bible says, "love of money is the root of all evil."
The outspoken evangelical Christian who wanted to be America's #2 leader insists that the war in Iraq is a mission from God. I s'pose she didn't read that bit of the Ten Commandments that said "Thou shalt not kill." Or did I miss the asterisk?
Hate groups of people? Want to see them suffer? There are many choices if you hate homos. And lo and behold, the hate flowed, became law, and most insisted it was love. (I guess they missed the "render unto Caesar" bit and the "speck/log in eye" bit).
Last time I checked, saying one thing and doing another was lying. Lying is ultimately the basis of most of the unethical activity underpinning the present societal mess we find ourselves in.
Whether it's insisting that they "love" people who they hate and exclude, or that they "believe the Bible" while preaching holy get-rich-quick, far too many powerful, mainstream religious leaders have been engaging in it themselves. Which would suggest that ultimately, a fair chunk of the blame can be found inside their own sermons.