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Study: Mississippi is 'most religious' state
Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2009 | Julia Duin

Posted on 12/22/2009 11:01:43 AM PST by Between the Lines

The South has risen again, at least in terms of belief in God.

Mississippi is the America's most religious state, according to a Pew Forum study on the levels of devotion in America, which asked respondents whether religion is important in their lives. Eighty-two percent of Mississipians said yes.

"That is not too surprising," said William F. Lawhead, chairman of the religion and philosophy department at the University of Mississippi. "This is the Bible Belt. We are primarily made up of small towns - not many urban areas like Dallas and so on, where there's a lot of people coming and going - so most of the people are homegrown."

The state is overwhelmingly Christian, he added, although an influx of Vietnamese immigrants who are involved in the state's coastal fishing industry has brought in Buddhist adherents.

Alabama and Arkansas (both at 74 percent), Louisiana (72 percent), Tennessee (71 percent) and South Carolina (70 percent) follow. The least-religious are New Hampshire and Vermont, each at 36 percent, Alaska (37 percent) and Massachusetts (40 percent), which confirms other recent surveys that say New England is the "new Northwest" in terms of unchurched multitudes.

The Pacific Northwest used to be the country's least-churched sector, but Oregon (seventh from the bottom at 46 percent) and Washington (11th from the bottom at 48 percent), have risen in the rankings.

The poll was released Monday with data drawn from the Forum's 2007 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey of 35,556 U.S. residents. It has an error margin of 0.6 percent.

Respondents were asked four questions: about the importance of religion in their lives, their frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of daily prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God. Mississippi polled highest on all four questions.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: christians; dixie; redstates; topten

1 posted on 12/22/2009 11:01:43 AM PST by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines

Congratulations Mississippi. God be with you.


2 posted on 12/22/2009 11:02:58 AM PST by OB1kNOb (When you spell Christmas, you must begin with "Christ".)
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To: OB1kNOb

Good God fearing folk down there. Home of fried okra, William Faulkner, Trent Lott, and Elvis. A good place to raise a boy.


3 posted on 12/22/2009 11:04:38 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Mengerian

and the greatest, Neshoba County Fair!


4 posted on 12/22/2009 11:06:59 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: OB1kNOb

Evidently, God is!


5 posted on 12/22/2009 11:07:08 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Between the Lines

Interesting that Mississippi was the landfall point of Katrina, yet they somehow managed to get their lives somewhat back to normal.

Interesting.


6 posted on 12/22/2009 11:07:59 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Between the Lines
I used to live there... A lot of God fearing folk down there. Not afraid to shoot ya if need be....

God Bless them...

7 posted on 12/22/2009 11:08:33 AM PST by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: Between the Lines

Mississippi-—honoring Jesus Christ first!


8 posted on 12/22/2009 11:09:05 AM PST by Cedar
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To: Between the Lines
Mississippi is the America's most religious state, according to a Pew Forum study on the levels of devotion in America, which asked respondents whether religion is important in their lives. Eighty-two percent of Mississipians said yes.

Well, what I'd like to know then -- is how many of those Mississippians are looking for this "big bad dude" coming along who will make short work of scofflaws... LOL...

There's this "big bad Jewish fellow" out there, who's showing up soon, sorta unexpected, and he's "looking for bear" and is gonna open up "the biggest can of whoopass" you've ever seen in your life, on a bunch of people here...

However, many fail to understand -- but they will "understand" when the Messiah of Israel returns to this earth, sets His feet on the soil of this globe, and sets up the ruling authority -- the one-world government -- that He puts into place over all nations, including the United States.

He's the Messiah of Israel, that He is coming back to earth, to set up a one-world government, with His headquarters in Jerusalem, ruling over all the nations of the world, including the United States and will rule over all who are still alive (from who are living right now today) -- and that He will definitely scrap the Constitution of the United States and make Himself the supreme ruler over all that we do.

The "day of reckoning" is coming for all of those who are trying to take over the world and put it totally under their control in an evil one-world empire. And they do admit that they want a one-world government -- their government, not God's...

When the Messiah of Israel comes back to this earth to set up His one-world government and subject all the nations of the world to His authority and rule -- He'll be making real short work of any of those yahoos... LOL...

And you can be sure that He will be utterly destroying anything to do with any of these yahoos, since whatever they say and do is a total perversion of anything to do with the Messiah of Israel.

And for sure -- we all, in this world, need the Messiah of Israel back, here on earth -- to destroy this coming one-world government and to install His own one-world government in its place.

I'm looking forward to the coming Kingdom on earth and the one-world government that the Messiah of Israel will be setting up, after He destroys, by His own hand, the present and evil one-world government that we see forming right now.

    Isaiah 9:6-7

    For unto us a Child is born.
    Unto us a Son is given;
    And the government will be upon His shoulder.
    And His name will be called
    Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    Of the increase of His government and peace
    There will be no end,
    Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
    To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
    From that time forward, even forever.
    The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

9 posted on 12/22/2009 11:13:30 AM PST by Star Traveler (At Christmas - remember to keep "Christ" in the One-World Government that we look forward to)
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To: Between the Lines

And once again Mississippi beats Arkansas!


10 posted on 12/22/2009 11:13:50 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Are my guns loaded? Break in and find out.)
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To: Between the Lines

Come on down, your welcome on the pew in Olive Branch MS with me and the family!


11 posted on 12/22/2009 11:15:20 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Remember the reason for the season.)
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To: Between the Lines

I thank God that I was born and raised in Mississippi!


12 posted on 12/22/2009 11:15:36 AM PST by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Between the Lines
Mississippi is the America's most religious state, according to a Pew Forum study on the levels of devotion in America, which asked respondents whether religion is important in their lives. Eighty-two percent of Mississipians said yes....

....The state is overwhelmingly Christian, he added, although an influx of Vietnamese immigrants who are involved in the state's coastal fishing industry has brought in Buddhist adherents.

Alabama and Arkansas (both at 74 percent), Louisiana (72 percent), Tennessee (71 percent) and South Carolina (70 percent) follow. The least-religious are New Hampshire and Vermont, each at 36 percent, Alaska (37 percent) and Massachusetts (40 percent), which confirms other recent surveys that say New England is the "new Northwest" in terms of unchurched multitudes.

Meanwhile, in another part of the country:

...The states that are most Catholic - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania - are also the states that are the bluest of the blue"...
-- from the thread Catholic voters heavily favored Obama, analysis shows

13 posted on 12/22/2009 11:16:45 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

What was the score?


14 posted on 12/22/2009 11:34:07 AM PST by oyez ( damnant quod non intelligunt)
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To: Between the Lines

Here is a Gallup poll from January of this year on the same subject. These new end of the year percentages from Pew are very similar.

http://www.digtriad.com/news/national_world/article.aspx?storyid=118401&catid=175

January’s poll was also discussed on Free Republic

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2175715/posts


15 posted on 12/22/2009 11:39:36 AM PST by Mila
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To: Mengerian

It’s also a good place to find a wife :)


16 posted on 12/22/2009 11:53:31 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing
Most are wholesome debutantes, well-read, with etiquette second-to-none.
17 posted on 12/22/2009 11:58:29 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Between the Lines

It also scores highest in charitable giving, as well as being the poorest state. I wonder what, if any correlations? We also voted to keep our state flag even at the threat of boycotts :D


18 posted on 12/22/2009 12:19:59 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: mrsmel
It also scores highest in charitable giving, as well as being the poorest state.

Sometimes affluence can be a curse and sometimes poverty can be a blessing.

19 posted on 12/22/2009 12:32:15 PM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: Between the Lines

This is true, especially if the affluence comes at the price of selling your freedom and self-determination for it. I’d rather be the poorest free man than the most well-kept slave.


20 posted on 12/22/2009 12:41:29 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: WKB; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; Downsouth55; Michael Knight; ejonesie22; bkwells; DogwoodSouth; ...

One of the nicest things to be published about our fine state in many years.

Merry CHRISTmas from all us to yall.


21 posted on 12/23/2009 6:01:31 PM PST by NerdDad (Aug 7, 1981, I married my soul mate, CDBEAR. 28 years and I'm still teenager-crazy in love with her.)
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AMEN!!! Merry Christmas FReeper brothers and sisters... Mississippi loves GOD and America... GOD’s America... not hussein’s evil image of her!

LLS

22 posted on 12/24/2009 5:13:32 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Marty62
Interesting that Mississippi was the landfall point of Katrina, yet they somehow managed to get their lives somewhat back to normal.

Heh, not entirely. There's a new after Katrina 'normal', because you just have to move on. They did get things cleaned up with determination, and lots of help from volunteers from all over this great country, which was greatly appreciated.

Lots of folks moved away, because the places where they worked were destroyed. Business needs to come back so folks can get jobs and come back to the coast.

23 posted on 12/24/2009 1:05:10 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: NerdDad

Go us! Thanks for the ping. Merry CHRISTmas y’all!


24 posted on 12/24/2009 7:28:31 PM PST by dixiebelle
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