The problem with religion-4: Corrupting the minds of children | Machines Like Us "In 1966 George Tamarin presented more than a thousand Israeli* schoolchildren, aged between eight and fourteen, with the account of the battle of Jericho from the Book of Joshua: with all its murder, rape and brutality... Tamarin then asked the children a simple moral question: Do you think Joshua and the Israelites acted rightly or not? THE MAJORITY SUPPORTED THE BLOODSHED. But then... He presented exactly the same story to a control group. only this time he set the story in china and made the 'hero' a fictitious general min... "Only 7% approve of General Lin's brutality, and 75% disapproved". In other words, when their loyalty to religion, (in this case Judaism) was removed from the calculation, the majority of children agreed with the moral judgements that most people would share, that Joshua's action was a deed of barbaric genocide."