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Old 12-16-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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There are some parts of the Bible Belt where drunkenness really is less common. However I'd agree otherwise. Plenty of promiscuity, etc in the "Bible Belt."

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:26 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I don't know how much of northern Louisiana and southeastern Texas fit under the belt, but I can safely say they it skips a large portion of Louisiana.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:28 PM
 
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There are some parts of the Bible Belt where drunkenness really is less common. However I'd agree otherwise. Plenty of promiscuity, etc in the "Bible Belt."

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I dunno. I was in a "dry county" in Arkansas on a canoe trip and I've never seen so many drunk people in my life. Not to mention all the other things that were going on. It was like floating redneck Mardi Gras.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Just saying how the statistics generally work. I can't speak to every anecdotal experience, but the "Bible Belt" states do have below average rates of drinking.

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Although there are some heavily Mormon places that might be more that way.

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Old 12-17-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I found much of Oregon could be in the Bible Belt. The state really gives out some misleading information about itself. The entire state is not a Progressive liberal mecca of live and let live types. With the exception of Portland (and not all of it). Eugene, Ashland and maybe parts of the coast. The rest of this state especially Southern Oregon is very religious. Yet with such a dominant religious culture in much of the state, and the parts of Portland that are so Radical in their beliefs it is a strange mixture of people and beliefs. The amount of poverty, homelessness, drug useage and unemployment, is very high statewide for such a big state with really not that big a population. I wonder how much this completely different mixture of beliefs and views on issues, plays into the problems this state has with its population and its social woes. Religious views and politics play into much of the politics here. THere is rarely an election when an initiative driven by religious groups is not making its way to the ballot. Then in turn a Radical group is out collecting signatures, to get an initiative on the ballot to legalize pot or some other drug.

Very different type of state. Not for me I'm moving in 2010 after 4 years here.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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I feel like the Bible Belt is a part of the country where people talk about the Bible a lot but it doesn't really influence their behavior. I grew up in a small town and I know a lot of people from small towns across the "Bible Belt" Their behavior is no different from everyone else. Most of them started drinking in high school, a large number of girls (at least 30) I graduated high school with 2 years ago are now unwed mothers. The Bible Belt is really no different from the rest of the country.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:10 PM
 
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All people are imperfect and always will be.
I'm not arguing otherwise, on the contrary, I'm arguing that the Bible Belt is just like the rest of the country in the fact that people here are far from perfect. The term "Bible Belt" is very misleading.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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There are some parts of the Bible Belt where drunkenness really is less common. However I'd agree otherwise. Plenty of promiscuity, etc in the "Bible Belt."

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Cool map!

I always laugh at stuff like this...the traditional "Bible Belt" is statistically more evil than the Heretics up in the Northeast...with the exception of Greed (give me money!!)

I remember while I was at Clemson, people would talk about the neighborly-love of the South and how Northerners were so cold to one another. I would always stand there with a shat-eating grin on my face and nod while thinking "if only you knew what the statistics showed".
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I'm not arguing otherwise, on the contrary, I'm arguing that the Bible Belt is just like the rest of the country in the fact that people here are far from perfect. The term "Bible Belt" is very misleading.
The term Bible Belt isn't entirely misleading as it's an accurate reference to part of the culture of the area. Whether or not that makes the people any different, worse or better, is irrelevant to the term.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:36 PM
 
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I've heard of Nashville being nicknamed the "Protestant Vatican"
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