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Old 06-03-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Zone 6- South Jersey
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Thanks Socketz
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:45 AM
 
Location: DC burbs
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True--except people don't wear their religion on their sleeve for the most part, in DC and the burbs. It's a live and let live philosophy. We currently live in a predominately Jewish neighborhood--I had to let one particular group that comes around on Saturday mornings know that they were barking up the wrong tree here with their conversion tactics.

I realize Dallas is not hicksville USA. It's multi-cultured, sophisticated, sharp, and its people are smart. We would not be considering a move there if it wasn't.
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:19 AM
 
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Not sure they wear ir on their sleeve here as much as you think. I felt the same way before I moved here, but I don't think about that aspect as much now. Definitely more of a religious subtext here though....
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:18 AM
 
Location: DC burbs
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It's a perception based on what I've heard about Dallas..it isn't based on fact at all. I am sure once we've visited I will feel differently. I think church is a big part of life in Dallas, for some people. That's not a bad thing. Just different from what I am used to seeing.
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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Whay you've heard is probably nonsense and rumor.

Dallas has 6 million people, and it contains virtually every subset of society, every possible ideology or social class.

Whatever you believe in... atheism, devil worship, druid cults... you'll find thousands of people in Dallas that will agree with you.
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:20 PM
 
Location: DC burbs
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A favorite quote of a friend of mine is, "After all, this is still America!" You have got to love a place that has a place for everyone. I am not saying its always smooth sailing with peace and harmony..

I realize Dallas is a metropolis with millions of people. I am not really worried
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:30 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Just accept those of us that are Christians and not afraid to live it and even admit to it openly and we will accept you. Accept us for being open and comfortable enough w/ ourselves and our faith to invite you to a function (Vacation Bible School is a HUGE deal around here) or to even mention that we go to church. Once someone knows that you have a faith that you do or don't practice most will leave it alone. Others that you develop a good friendship w/ are very capable of carrying on an adult conversation in talking about the different religions/faiths. Just accept us for who we are and we readily accept you for who you are. Like the old saying says, "it is a two way street". Those that are zealot fanatics come in all religions and faiths and are not the norm. I blow them off and ignore them.
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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True.

In CA, as a Christian you are expected to 'keep it to yourself' because you 'may' offend someone....not sure TX will ever come to that, especially not in my lifetime. And to be honest, I'm glad. I believe that places like CA have evolved backwards with regards to accepting that faith is a big part of many people's lives, and has been since our country (as we know) has existed.

We want to wash that away and become homogenous with everything around us because because once once we are homogenous, we no longer are in any danger of accidently offending someone. We then use radical islamic comparisons to justify what I believe is a fear many have of religion.

Meanwhile, as a nation, we lack any form of defined culture/values.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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True.

In CA, as a Christian you are expected to 'keep it to yourself' because you 'may' offend someone....not sure TX will ever come to that, especially not in my lifetime. And to be honest, I'm glad. I believe that places like CA have evolved backwards with regards to accepting that faith is a big part of many people's lives, and has been since our country (as we know) has existed.

We want to wash that away and become homogenous with everything around us because because once once we are homogenous, we no longer are in any danger of accidently offending someone. We then use radical islamic comparisons to justify what I believe is a fear many have of religion.

Meanwhile, as a nation, we lack any form of defined culture/values.
Very astute comment, socketz. A country without a religious tradition is like a country without science or music.

Could it be that the economic success of the Sunbelt is positively correlated with its religiosity?
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:57 PM
 
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I was somewhat concerned with the "religousness" of it here but it's fine really, there are some that life revolves around church but that's fine with me, not quite the "pushers" I was thinking I'd encounter..
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