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Old 06-21-2011, 02:14 PM
Location: New York NY
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A bunch of atheists here in NYC have protested the naming of a Brooklyn Street "Seven In Heaven" in memory of seven local firefighters who died on 9/11. Their objection is that Heaven is a Christian religious term that should have no place in the public domain. I think their protests are churlish and stupid. But it got me thinking about how many other places in the U.S. have overt or semi-overt religious names. The ones that come right to mind

Sangre De Cristo mountains -- (Blood of Christ)
San Francisco -- (St. Francis)
St. Paul (Minn.)
Bethlehem (Penn.)
St. Charles (M0.)
San Jose (Cal.) -- (St. Joseph)
San Juan (P.R.) -- (St. John)
Sata Fe (N.M) -- (Holy Faith)

And the entire state of Louisiana -- where every county is a Parrish, for godsake! Among them: Assumption, Ascension, St. Charles, St. Bernard, and St. John the Baptist

If these protestors were right we'd have to rename half the USA! Any others come to mind ? And anyone know of any that are NOT Christian based, but come from Jewish, Muslim, Native American, or other non-Christian faith traditions? Just wondering.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:07 PM
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I get in big time arguments on the Religion board with atheists, but I don't think most atheists are really obsessed with this kind of nonsense. They just want the same trust and acceptance people of other beliefs or disbeliefs get. Although admittedly a higher percentage of them than I liked to believe also want people to abandon religion if at all possible.

As for religious place names I imagine there's too many to count, particularly in California and the Southwest. One of the most specific coming to mind is "Corpus Christi" which means "Body of Christ."
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:16 PM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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My favorite is Bountiful, Utah.

Bountiful is a place from the Book of Mormon.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:19 PM
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Basically the five major cities of California Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacremento are all religious place names. Along with a ton of San and Santa place names in California, there's also literally thousands of biblical place names in the USA. I grew up near a Mt. Hermon, and now I live near Mt. Tabor, both of which are places famous from association with the bible.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:39 PM
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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It seems like the majority of Spanish names will be religious, mostly named after saints. Many French-named cities as well.

In New England there are some religiously named towns, although most are named after towns in England.

Here are a few places founded by Puritans with religious names:

Concord, MA
Providence, RI
Salem, MA (from Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace)
Newark, NJ (from New Ark of the Covenant)
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:44 PM
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Jericho, Babylon, Mount Sinai New York (and a lot more)
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:51 PM
Location: United Kingdom
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Yeah Don't forget San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco etc...
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:55 PM
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Eden, Arizona
Shiloh, Tennessee
Philidelphia, Pennsylvania
Philidelphia, Mississippi
^^^Okay, I'll admit they're named after PLACES in the Bible, but still.

St. Johns, Arizona
St. David, Arizona
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:20 PM
Location: USA
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Zion, Utah
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:44 PM
Location: South St Louis
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I'm from eastern Missouri, and we have a lot of "saints" here.
I live in St. Louis city. But I was raised in St. John, which is near St. Ann, in neighboring St. Louis County. In south St. Louis County is the village of St. George. Bordering St. Louis County is St. Charles County, which is the location of the cities of St. Charles, St. Peters, and St. Paul. Southwest of Greater St. Louis is St. Francois County. And let's not forget the town of Ste. Genevieve, which is just south of the St Louis metro area-- in Ste. Genevieve County, of course!
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