Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The 10 Least Religious States: Also the Meanest?
The New American ^ | 28 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 05/29/2012 7:43:58 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer

When it comes to religiosity, some American states truly do fit in to the union — the European Union, that is.

According to recent surveys, the most and least religious states are mainly where one might expect: respectively, the Bible Belt of the South, and New England and the West. A recent Gallup study, for instance, rated (in order) Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma as the 10 most religious states; and Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New York, and Rhode Island (the last three were tied for 10th place) as the least.

This is significant because authentic religiosity correlates with many other things. Just consider voting patterns, for instance. Nine of the 10 most religious states are conservative bastions that consistently vote Republican in presidential elections; the one exception is North Carolina, which, owing in large part to demographic changes, is now a Republican-leaning swing state. In contrast, 10 of the least religious states are either Democrat bastions or are close to that; the exceptions are Democratic-leaning swing state New Hampshire; and Alaska, whose rugged rural individualism breeds a conservative libertarianism. And is it surprising that these American states vote like Europeans? When it comes to faith, their residents believe like Europeans. Modern liberalism is the political arm du jour of atheism.

Another thing that correlates with atheism is lower charitable giving.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: politics; religion; secularism; states
The second half of this article is an unbelievable defense of religion. If you're not going to read the whole thing, start in the middle and read the second half.
1 posted on 05/29/2012 7:44:10 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

Good article.


2 posted on 05/29/2012 7:50:49 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

The second half discusses, in a way, the concept is covered very well by Bill Whittle here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dwz_Z62e0s

The two compliment each other extraordinarily well.


3 posted on 05/29/2012 8:00:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

How did the heathen state of Maryland escape this list?


4 posted on 05/29/2012 8:07:14 AM PDT by evad (STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING. It's the SPENDING Stupid)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer
The author says Maine is Mean--but gives no examples, and would have liked some.

Of course, I've always thought the NE was a place of terrible stingy snobs, but that's just me.

5 posted on 05/29/2012 8:08:47 AM PDT by Mamzelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer
Good article. He nails it with this passage:

Yet the main problem with the atheist “just do the right thing” argument is that “right” is not a concept correlative to atheism. After all, if God exists and has created a moral standard called “Truth,” then that standard exists apart from man and thus is transcendent; it is an objective reality — it is real. But if God doesn’t exist, then what we call right and wrong is merely man’s preference. Think about it: If we found that the vast majority of the world loved chocolate and hated vanilla, would we label vanilla “wrong” or “evil”? No, we would simply recognize it as a matter of taste. But, then how does it make any sense to label murder wrong if the only reason we do so is that most of the world prefers we not kill others in a way labeled “unjust”? If it’s all a matter of collective preference, then the hard, cold reality is that murder belongs in the same category as flavor: taste.

This sums up the reason for many of the changes we see in society to day, along with the "evolving" of opinions.

6 posted on 05/29/2012 8:09:52 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf

I recently moved to Utah from Maryland (THE Freak state). Meanest? Maryland was mean: people with pitbulls, people looking at you like they hoped to mug you, liberals...you know, human flotsam and jetsam. In the month I have been in Utah I have not met one mean person or seen one mean act. Everyone says hello, clerks are helpful beyond the call of duty and everyone has been coerdial ansd helpful. Have I died and gone to Heaven?????


7 posted on 05/29/2012 8:11:26 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: hal ogen
Have I died and gone to Heaven?????

Just ping the Mormon hating cabal who bobs around this forum like untethered turds in a punchbowl.

They'll be glad to convince you that (a)you are in hell or (b)you've just been lucky enough to associate with the 35% or so of Utah's population which are not Mormon.

8 posted on 05/29/2012 8:19:06 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: hal ogen
Have I died and gone to Heaven?????

No, you're approximately 800 miles northwest of Heaven, but you're a lot closer than you were as a resident of Maryland. ;^).

9 posted on 05/29/2012 8:22:14 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman
Just ping the Mormon hating cabal who bobs around this forum like untethered turds in a punchbowl.

ROTFLMAO!! You NAILED that one!

10 posted on 05/29/2012 8:23:11 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf

Alaska is as conservative as they come, but more like a different country than a different state. Reason is all the different cultures and with the influx of Asians; becoming more so. Many Indians also tend to dismiss White Man’s Religion too and yet I know many Indians who are registered Repubs due to their military service.


11 posted on 05/29/2012 8:24:37 AM PDT by Eska
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Eska

You’ll notice the Bill Whittle video focuses on government, rather than religion. It’s one reason I think the video and this article compliment one another.


12 posted on 05/29/2012 8:27:16 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

Bump


13 posted on 05/29/2012 8:30:18 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hal ogen

“Have I died and gone to Heaven?????”

Nah, you overshot heaven by about 750-1000 miles.

AKA: “Texas”


14 posted on 05/29/2012 8:37:03 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

I really don’t fully understand the anti-Mormon thing that some obsess about. If anything, I fully understand the anti-Moozlum thing. The Mormons I have met seem to have good values and are interested in raising families with good values. I guess that is upsetting to some. For instance the might have some problem with a naked man eating someone else’s face (Miami), 30+ weekend shootings (Chicago) and so forth. I’m just sayin’.


15 posted on 05/29/2012 8:42:02 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
“Have I died and gone to Heaven?????”

Nah, you overshot heaven by about 750-1000 miles.

AKA: “Texas”


I have a hard time considering a state overrun with illegals and where English is becoming a second language, as heaven. And I'm not even getting into the extreme drought conditions. I reckon I won't mess with Texas.
16 posted on 05/29/2012 8:46:14 AM PDT by crosshairs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: hal ogen
I recently moved to Utah from Maryland (THE Freak state). Meanest? Maryland was mean: people with pitbulls, people looking at you like they hoped to mug you, liberals...you know, human flotsam and jetsam. In the month I have been in Utah I have not met one mean person or seen one mean act. Everyone says hello, clerks are helpful beyond the call of duty and everyone has been cordial and helpful. Have I died and gone to Heaven?????

A couple of anecdotes--

When I was in Silver Spring, Md., a few years ago, I tried to ask passersby for directions to a certain street, but got responses such as, "get away from me!" I finally had to find the street on my own.

In Cedar City, Utah, I hit a patch of snow while trying to parallel park and wound up skidding so that I was perpendicular to the street, then I couldn't drive away because my wheels were stuck in the snow. A group of teenagers suddenly appeared and pulled my car out. I figured that's one of the ways in which "red" states differ from "blue" states.

17 posted on 05/29/2012 8:48:14 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: crosshairs

However, I will add that when it comes to taxes, relative to other states, Texas is awesome, and the native Texans are good people (except Austin).


18 posted on 05/29/2012 8:48:44 AM PDT by crosshairs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Fiji Hill; sickoflibs

” When I was in Silver Spring, Md., a few years ago, I tried to ask passersby for directions to a certain street, but got responses such as, “get away from me!” I finally had to find the street on my own. “

That was a nice place to live 30-40 years ago.


19 posted on 05/29/2012 9:22:28 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

Too bad Northwest Florida isn’t a separate state, or they’d be on the “nice” list...


20 posted on 05/29/2012 9:36:25 AM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Eska
"Alaska is as conservative as they come, but more like a different country than a different state. Reason is all the different cultures and with the influx of Asians; becoming more so. Many Indians also tend to dismiss White Man’s Religion too and yet I know many Indians who are registered Repubs due to their military service."

Yep. I've lived in Alaska for 35 years or so, and have noticed the same effect.

21 posted on 05/29/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT by redhead (Libs can't win without cheating--Conservatives don't have to cheat to win)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle

“The author says Maine is Mean—but gives no examples, and would have liked some.”

It is a hard thing to explain. My father is from Maine but has lived in Oklahoma since he met and married my mother there after WWII.

I have many relatives in that state. I wouldn’t describe them as “mean” or even “unfriendly.” I would describe them as “Not friendly.” I don’t think they mean to be that way, it is just the culture where being outgoing and friendly was bad manners. Whereas, in my home state of Oklahoma, being anything other than friendly and outgoing would be considered bad manners. These are generalisms, but essentially the truth.

It was funny this came up, because I was trying to explain to my 16 year old son that he wouldn’t like living in Maine just yesterday.


22 posted on 05/29/2012 9:45:44 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: hal ogen; pgkdan
I really don’t fully understand the anti-Mormon thing that some obsess about.

I've come to the conclusion that it is because Mormons are very bad for their business-- lay ministry and all that . . .

When pgkdan and I were kids, Roman Catholics were the main objects of their wrath.

After JFK was elected, that suddenly became unfashionable although they still slither around bashing Catholics if you look closely enough.

They're just not quite as organized or open about it because loud-mouthed bullies just aren't quite as comfortable taking on the largest Christian denomination in America as opposed to one which is only 2% of the U.S. population.

23 posted on 05/29/2012 10:07:25 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer
Great article...I was speaking to a couple of New Hampshire teachers a few weeks back, and I mentioned that 'New Hampshire was the least religious state in the country'. One of the female ones broke out into a BIG smile and spat out "Good!"

They have YOUR children...

24 posted on 05/29/2012 10:26:10 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle
Of course, I've always thought the NE was a place of terrible stingy snobs, but that's just me.

An accurate assessment...I amuse myself by dropping a nickel on the ground between two conversing New Englanders...I love the sound of their heads hitting each other...

25 posted on 05/29/2012 10:37:46 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: who knows what evil?

So why do they so love being taxed?


26 posted on 05/29/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT by Mamzelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Fiji Hill
In Cedar City, Utah, I hit a patch of snow while trying to parallel park and wound up skidding so that I was perpendicular to the street, then I couldn't drive away because my wheels were stuck in the snow. A group of teenagers suddenly appeared and pulled my car out.

I had a similar experience in East Tennessee...I had pulled off the road with a flat tire, and was in the middle of changing it when a group of teen-agers pulled up; offering to help us with the flat. Since I was nearly done; I declined, and they drove off. My wife (a native but reformed New Englander) was stunned to see teen-agers offering to help...she thought they were going to carjack us. I smiled..."welcome to Tennessee...welcome to the United States."

27 posted on 05/29/2012 10:43:17 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

Texas should be on the list


28 posted on 05/29/2012 10:50:49 AM PDT by wardaddy (the GOP are cowards)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman
Wow, you despise Christians and Christianity, the very foundation of America and it's people in the most nasty ways, while whining about normal people criticizing the little Mormon cult.
29 posted on 05/29/2012 11:05:27 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer

bump


30 posted on 05/29/2012 11:12:37 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

Now that’s funny! Also, unfortunately, all to true.


31 posted on 05/29/2012 11:13:41 AM PDT by America always
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

Rent free baby, rent free. Life is grand.


32 posted on 05/29/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: crosshairs

You may have a hard time with it, but Texas is the greatest state in America, the conservative opposite of California.

Which state do you currently live in?


33 posted on 05/29/2012 11:20:18 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle
So why do they so love being taxed?

That's their idea of charity...

A police officer was murdered in NH a few weeks ago...right on cue; a concerned citizen suggests that our property taxes be RAISED so we can give police officers a BIG raise; since they put their lives on the line every day as our 'protectors'. G-d forbid this woman writes a personal check from her OWN account for this cause...

Yeah...that'll happen.

34 posted on 05/29/2012 11:26:53 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Paladins Prayer
Democratic-leaning swing state New Hampshire;

No, New Hampshire is not Democratic leaning...they (the people of NH) are more libertarian!! Their slogan is: LIVE FREE OR DIE

35 posted on 05/29/2012 1:03:26 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hal ogen

I had the misfortune of living in Maryland next to DC for a spell one time. I made great friends there but the public culture was crude and hard.


36 posted on 05/29/2012 1:34:11 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SaraJohnson

I agree whole-heartedly. Thirty years there was more than enough.


37 posted on 05/29/2012 1:56:52 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson