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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

 
 
Old 10-16-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: New York metropolitan area
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The U.S. is the most religious developed country in the world, and it's not that hard to recognize it virtually anywhere in the nation by the numerous churches per capita, mostly packed churches on Sundays, many people considering religion be "important or very important" part of life, the national motto be "In God We Trust", many people always mention "God" in daily talk, religious billboards, etc.

If you take a look at the map above, you will see that roughly South-Central/Eastern part of the nation considered being in the "Bible Belt". However, many people will say that the 'Bible Belt' region should extend to other states/regions in the nation.
Which non-'Bible Belt' states/regions should be included in the 'Bible Belt' do you think?
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: New York metropolitan area
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I would say New Jersey..

*Blue Laws in one major county
*Republican/Conservative governor
*No same-sex marriage (Civil Rights only)
*Plenty of churches everywhere
*Heavily Catholic
*Good Friday is a state holiday
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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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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Old 10-16-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I would say New Jersey..

*Blue Laws in one major county
*Republican/Conservative governor
*No same-sex marriage (Civil Rights only)
*Plenty of churches everywhere
*Heavily Catholic
*Good Friday is a state holiday

NJ as even potentially Bible Belt is just ludicrous.

For one, Bible Belt implies Protestants, especially Evangelicals. There are certainly Evangelicals in NJ, but comparatively speaking, not a lot. Also, not a few Evangelicals still have a thing against Catholics--sometimes a big thing, sometimes just minor. But they're not a natural match up. NJ also has a large Jewish population in suburban Philly and NYC areas, something you won't find in the traditional Bible Belt (Big exception may be Atlanta) and mitigates against a Bible Belt atmosphere.

Plenty of churches? Sure. But how full are they? Not very much in many areas of the state.

The Blue Laws, which close up the huge shopping Malls in Bergen Country aren't enforced because everybody's praying. They're still there because the neighborhoods want one day a week without traffic over running local streets

Good Friday? The New York Stock Exchange closes and the State of Hawaii officially makes it a holiday. I don't think that either one means stock brokers and Hawaiians are tarrying with the Holy Spirit.

No same sex marriage in NJ, but there's definitely a much greater public tolerance for and openness about gays than in most of the Bible Belt. And while Chris Christie is conservative and opposed to gay marriage, unlike anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon, we once had a gay man for governor!
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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NJ?!

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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As stated above, the "Bible Belt" implies evangelical protestantism. New Jersey does not qualify. I think every state that is part of the bible belt now are the only states that should be included in the bible belt, although the bible belt doesn't follow state lines really. Not sure what the OP is trying to ask...
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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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.
Indiana is conservative compared to its neighboring states. If Indiana is exempt then Missouri should be exempt on grounds that St.Louis area generally is left. Generally
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Kansas should also be included. It's very conservative and religious.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Any rural area, no matter the state, is going to be religious. If religiosity is the marker then every state is in the "Bible Belt".
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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The Bible Belt is marked by Evangelical Christianity. A lot of the Midwest would not be included, because even though it's religious, it's mostly Mainline Protestant and Catholic. Even here in the South, there is a difference between the Mainline Protestants, Catholics, and Evangelicals. Only the Evangelicals strike me as stereotypically Bible Belt people, the other groups don't.
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