Discussion in 'Politics' started by Modbert, Jan 16, 2010.
Twenty words you can't say in Alabama | The Economist
Hey... it's the Bible belt. What do you expect?
Alabama is no different than any place else in the country since Mr. Byrne would have been criticized by a certain segment of the population for his comments no matter where he was from.
IMHO this (the article) is just another lame attempt to stereotype Southern Americans as "ignorant bible thumpers" which is just an out and out distortion of reality.
I have a feeling if he said this in the Northeast that the criticism would not nearly be as much.
You're probably right, however that doesn't change the fact that he would have been criticized for it, in either case though it would have been a small but vocal minority (granted probably larger in Alabama but still small compared to the whole population) doing the criticizing.
I'd argue simply...
"Ignorant" no. "Bible thumpers" yes.
The south tends to be more religious. Move along folks nothing to see here...
"More religious" No, perhaps a bit more "committed" in their religious practices than other regions of the country, perhaps. "More religious" is meaningless, you are either a practitioner (member, follower, whatever you choose to call it) of a "religion" or you are not, the variance is in degree not in the amount.
Mississippi most religious, Vermont least, survey says - USATODAY.com
Again, what I said earlier holds true.
All of those states excluding Utah all have something in common.
That would be the "degree" I was talking about, still doesn't mean anything with respect to "amount".
I just tried to keep it as simple as possible. As most southerners do. The religion question is kind of strange. People would probably call me "non-religious" because I'm not devoted to one particular "church", but I am personally extremely devoted to a set of core beliefs that I hold. I guess all that is in the eye of the beholder, which because relationship with God is personal... it should be.
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