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Old 01-15-2017, 05:17 PM
 
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Most ironically, the last time I checked, "Bible Belt" Tennessee, had the highest divorce rate of any state, and the New England states and New Jersey had the lowest rate in the nation.

Also, ironically, "hyper-religious" Utah actually has the highest cyber-porn viewing rate in the nation, according to scientific tracking.

I don't know if it's still true, but 30 years ago I read in a reputable source, that Utah had the nation's highest use of people prescribed Valium medication (attributed to frustrated mothers feeling that their large broods of children must be clean-cut and well-behaved, while their successful husbands (such as the late Steven Covey) are often away on business trips or attending long church meetings).

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Old 01-17-2017, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Maybe just stop judging people who have a rewarding religious or career life.
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Old 01-17-2017, 12:17 PM
 
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I don't understand the no religion thing. I live in the heart of bible country. Many roads you can't go a mile without seeing at least 1 church and many across the street from one another.

Real simply, IF the topic comes up (rarely ever) and you think it matters, just claim to be religious or say you havn't found a church you like yet. The issue is really moot. In todays world not everyone goes to church. On the other hand, maybe try immersing yourself in a little culture/diversity and attend a friend's church or see what it's all about. Who knows where it might lead. Church is a good way to network. People recognize you from church and they will think more highly or you or more willing to help you in some way.
I hear people from the Bible Belt say this kind of thing sometimes, and I can't help but think they're missing the point entirely -- this sort of suggestion is exactly why non-religious people don't want to live in religious areas. There are lots of people out there who are adults, who aren't trying to "find themselves," who know exactly how they want to live their lives and have settled on their beliefs. Maybe they've struggled with religious beliefs, maybe they haven't thought about it much at all, but either way, they know they want to exist without the influence of religion.

What this post is suggesting is that in the Bible Belt, it's advantageous for these people to live a lie ("People recognize you from church and they will think more highly of you or more willing to help you in some way"). That religious people have a built-in advantage over them, unless they're willing to subvert their deeply held beliefs. Why in the world would non-religious people want to put themselves through that mental anguish when they can live somewhere they don't have to?
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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I hear people from the Bible Belt say this kind of thing sometimes, and I can't help but think they're missing the point entirely -- this sort of suggestion is exactly why non-religious people don't want to live in religious areas. There are lots of people out there who are adults, who aren't trying to "find themselves," who know exactly how they want to live their lives and have settled on their beliefs. Maybe they've struggled with religious beliefs, maybe they haven't thought about it much at all, but either way, they know they want to exist without the influence of religion.

What this post is suggesting is that in the Bible Belt, it's advantageous for these people to live a lie ("People recognize you from church and they will think more highly of you or more willing to help you in some way"). That religious people have a built-in advantage over them, unless they're willing to subvert their deeply held beliefs. Why in the world would non-religious people want to put themselves through that mental anguish when they can live somewhere they don't have to?
I think ShiverMe Timber was trolling. He can't be that ignorant.
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:30 PM
 
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Iowa. About as middle of the road as you can get politically and economically.

And no one knows or cares if you go to church or not (maybe they would if you live in a tiny lil town, which I don't suggest doing in any state).
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
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Western college towns. San Luis Obispo, Corvallis, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Eugene, etc.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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In parts. There are plenty of cities in Florida where religion is very much part of everyday life and surroundings.
And cities like Miami are definitely full of racing rats. So if you wanna escape religion then the options are rat-race cities and if you don't want rat-race cities, the options are more conservative Christian communities. Maybe the middle ground is some suburban retirement community but... no one under 55 wants to live somewhere like that.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Dayton OH is an all American city and it is very blue collar no rat race to be found, you might like it.
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:22 AM
 
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Vermont
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Old 01-22-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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Most ironically, the last time I checked, "Bible Belt" Tennessee, had the highest divorce rate of any state, and the New England states and New Jersey had the lowest rate in the nation.

Also, ironically, "hyper-religious" Utah actually has the highest cyber-porn viewing rate in the nation, according to scientific tracking.

I don't know if it's still true, but 30 years ago I read in a reputable source, that Utah had the nation's highest use of people prescribed Valium medication (attributed to frustrated mothers feeling that their large broods of children must be clean-cut and well-behaved, while their successful husbands (such as the late Steven Covey) are often away on business trips or attending long church meetings).

Soooooo what's the methodology of finding the cyber porn viewing rate, honestly religious or not, that just sounds like something silly to fuel someone's argument than actually being scientific.

And I don't know about the divorce rate statistics either:

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A new study of happiness metrics across states from WalletHub has has found that Washington, D.C. has a divorce rate of 31 percent, which is higher than any other state. Utah has the lowest divorce rate, at 16 percent. Maybe because polygamists (still not legal here) donít really divorce to remarry?
Even that probably has nothing to do with being religious or non religious more so to do with modern day relationships and the fact that most are 2 income households so women is way more likely to call it quits than years pass since she can provide for herself, as well as other factors like in some states people get married young, some times too young and find out later down the road that they made a mistake. Some states people just aren't getting married like that,etc etc

In regards to the OP you can probably find what you are looking for(well at least the religion part) all over the country. One of the problems is that everyone's talking tolerance and unity and then only want to live around similar people when honestly it isn't necessary. Even in the "bible belt" most rural people like minding their own business and moved to where they live to do just that.
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