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View Poll Results: Which of the following should be included as part of the 'Bible Belt'?
Pacific Northwest 0 0%
New England 0 0%
Mid-Atlantic 6 13.95%
(Upper) Midwest 21 48.84%
Southwest 13 30.23%
Hawaii 1 2.33%
Alaska 2 4.65%
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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The Midwest, especially Indiana, and the upper plains isnt much less religious than the South. Chicagoland and the Twin Cites of course are exempted.
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All of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois that's below the Interstate 80 is Bible Belt.
I've lived in the bible belt, I live in Indiana now, and I've lived in Michigan and have family in Ohio.

Indiana, while conservative, does not come close to the stereotypical "bible belt" traits you find south of here. Ohio, not even close. At all.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I wouldn't of thought so before living here but the Phoenix area, at least the area I am in West Valley region. Seems to have a lot of churches, and I have met a number of people into religion. Its also a heavy Republican area, which goes hand in foot many times with Religion. Then there is the East Valley suburbs that have a high population of Mormons. I'm also told a number of Pentecostals live in that region of Phoenix. So alot of religion in this Southwest area of the USA. Arizona doesn't feel like the southeast on this subject though, but perhaps it is changing into its own version of the Bible Belt.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Southern Charm
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I've lived in the bible belt, I live in Indiana now, and I've lived in Michigan and have family in Ohio.

Indiana, while conservative, does not come close to the stereotypical "bible belt" traits you find south of here. Ohio, not even close. At all.
I don't think Indiana is as conservative as it once was.... curious to see if the state swings blue again.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:13 AM
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Maybe outlying/rural areas of Pennsylvania. And, Utah is for sure. But, different than the deep southern states. Air of independent thinking in any western state/region so it's not the same feeling of religiosity as the deeper south has IMO.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Maybe outlying/rural areas of Pennsylvania. And, Utah is for sure. But, different than the deep southern states. Air of independent thinking in any western state/region so it's not the same feeling of religiosity as the deeper south has IMO.
Ah yes, how could we forget PA? Everything from there down is southern.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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I've lived in the bible belt, I live in Indiana now, and I've lived in Michigan and have family in Ohio.

Indiana, while conservative, does not come close to the stereotypical "bible belt" traits you find south of here. Ohio, not even close. At all.
I disagree, most rural areas of Ohio outside of Cleveland, Cincinatti and Columbus are close to Bible belt areas. Especially those areas below I70.

Many different places try to say they are the "buckle of the Bible Belt,". That usually means the most fundamentalist part. Some people think that Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia are the buckle but others say that the Florida pan-handle is the strongest part.

Bible Belt - Liberapedia
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Southern Baptists are the worst offenders of the Bible Belt.

They advertise their religion with signs in their yards, on bumper stickers, & on billboards.

My religion (Catholics) like to keep our religious beliefs & relationship with God private, for the most part. Lots of Southern Baptists will tell you too they used to be Catholic when in fact thats simply not true just to get you to come to their church.

That said, not all of Texas is in the "Bible Belt" just as depicted we have a very large Catholic population here. There are also many Muslims, Buddhists, Hindu's, Atheists, etc. all over the place here.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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The Midwest, especially Indiana, and the upper plains isnt much less religious than the South. Chicagoland and the Twin Cites of course are exempted.
I would argue that good chunks of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio would fit into the Bible Belt as well as Kansas. Missouri is not as Bible Beltish as people think. St. Louis and KC are in no way Bible Belt cities.

I would describe both Missouri and Kansas as being areas with Bible Belt influences, as well as the southern halves of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The lower Midwest could arguably be called the Bible Belt, but not in the same sense as the South..the Bible Belt is not confined to the south as evidenced by the wikipedia map.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:37 PM
 
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I wouldn't of thought so before living here but the Phoenix area, at least the area I am in West Valley region. Seems to have a lot of churches, and I have met a number of people into religion. Its also a heavy Republican area, which goes hand in foot many times with Religion. Then there is the East Valley suburbs that have a high population of Mormons. I'm also told a number of Pentecostals live in that region of Phoenix. So alot of religion in this Southwest area of the USA. Arizona doesn't feel like the southeast on this subject though, but perhaps it is changing into its own version of the Bible Belt.
That's not true for several reasons

(1) The overwhelming majority of Phoenix residents are Roman Catholic not Protestant, which comprises the majority of Evangelicals

(2) Phoenix was ranked the 8th lowest among "Bible Minded Cities" according to this study
Bible-Minded Cities

(3) There are no Blue Laws in Phoenix that prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sundays. You can purchase hard liquor in grocery stores. You can have a beer on Sunday morning playing golf.

(4) Marijuana was approved for medicinal purpose. There isn't a single state in the Bible Belt that has approved the use of marijuana in any situation.

(5) The state voted for a suspected lesbian in Janet Napolitano for governor. Tempe had an openly gay mayor. The sheriff of Pinal County (Tucson) is openly gay.

(6) Casinos are found all over the city and have been in the Phoenix metropolitan area for nearly 20 years.

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Yeah, Arizona is more libertarian (minus the immigration stance).
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