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Could Religion Explain It All?

25 January 2010 Leave a comment

No I am not talking about the meaning of life….Or existence of God…..or how old the earth is…..or any of that mind numbing stuff….what I am talking about is the relation of religion to other issues in the South….

A new Gallup Poll shows that Mississippi is the most religious state in the Union…….

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia State is the one where the most people — 85% — say yes when asked “Is religion an important part of your daily life?”

Joining Mississippi in the top “most religious” states are other notches in the Bible Belt: Alabama (82%), South Carolina (80%), Tennessee (79%), Louisiana (78%), and Arkansas (78%).

The top ten are as follows:

Mississippi: 85%
Alabama: 82%
South Carolina: 80%
Tennessee: 79%
Louisiana: 78%
Arkansas: 78%
Georgia: 76%
North Carolina: 76%
Oklahoma: 75%
Kentucky: 74%

With all that said I decided to do a little research into other issues and situations that may have a correlation in this story.

For instance the ten most religious states, 9 are in the South…….in the same list all 10 of the states are some of the poorest in the nation….the ten states in the religious list…all of which are on the bottom of the “smartest” state list….and now for the biggie, at least for me….the 10 most religious states are the dumbest and the poorest and in the same vain the most Republican….that is right…these 10 states voted overwhelmingly for John McCain in the last presidential election…..

Makes me think of a quote from John Stuart Mill, “I am not saying conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservative”…….

First let me say that in my opinion these stats are contradictory and fly in the face of logic…….

What conclusion can one draw from these stats?

I can understand the correlation between poverty and religion….when you have nothing religion is a comfortable place to hide….and I can understand the lack of education would make religion attractive as an answer to your problems….this is where I have a hard time understanding……I cannot understand why a state that is so poor would be so republican….my only thought on that is that the state GOP plays the religion card more readily than the Dems and the lack of education would make it easy to fool the people into believing anything they wish to paint for them……..

The conclusion that I can draw is that the lack of education and poverty make religion a comfortable place for the people to hide…because of this comfort politicians can use these things as a way to mold the people of the state into citizen that the politicians want……