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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%
Voters: 43. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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The Bible Belt isn't defined by percentage of religious adherents. It is defined by the majority of the religious adherents identifying as evangelical protestant. This means that for the most part you are talking about every historically southern state other than Maryland, which is majority catholic today. Also, southern Louisiana is heavily catholic and would not qualify as the bible belt. Southern Florida would probably be in the same boat.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Michigan is surprisingly "Bible Belt" in a lot of ways, not the least because it is full of Southern transplants who moved up here in the mid-20th century for manufacturing jobs and their kids and grandkids. There are a lot of predominately white Southern Baptist churches here that are very large and very active, and the black churches in cities like Detroit and Flint are Southern through and through. While Michigan tends to go blue in the Presidential elections due to heavy labor union and minority presence in the larger cities, the rural areas are very, very conservative, just about as red as red gets, and the Michigan legislature is overwhelmingly conservative GOP. Gay marriage was soundly defeated here, and there is a very strong pro-life presence to the point where you would be hard pressed to find a place that performs abortions outside of the larger cities. There was a thread on the Michigan forum not too long ago where someone in the Upper Peninsula was seeking an abortion and couldn't find anywhere within a multiple hour drive to have it done.

It bears repeating: at least 98% of Michigan is NOT Detroit.
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