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    Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Here are the slave states:


    And here is the Bible Belt:


    Do these images look similar, and is there a connection?

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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    I think there's a connection. If one views life hierarchically as is taught by bible believers then slavery is a natural manifestation.
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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Let's see the similarities between the op and the states that voted in the last 4 presidential elections

    Summary of results of the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections:
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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Snyder View Post
    Let's see the similarities between the op and the states that voted in the last 4 presidential elections

    Red states and blue states - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I'm currently wondering what the percentages of ethnically diverse states are in relation to the latest voting trends.

    Seems to me that the blue states are more culturally diverse than the states in red.

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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Snyder View Post
    I'm currently wondering what the percentages of ethnically diverse states are in relation to the latest voting trends.

    Seems to me that the blue states are more culturally diverse than the states in red.
    Seems that way.
    I rather like this map showing results by county though:
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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    For us higgorent foreigners, which way do you colour your maps?

    For us it's red to the left (Labour) and blue to the right (Conservative).

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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    Seems that way.
    I rather like this map showing results by county though:
    County to county has a much higher difference of population ratios. A county of a population of 1000 will show up in red compared to a blue county consisting of 5 million. State by state is a closer gradient when considering the trends of the entire country.

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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    I think there's a connection. If one views life hierarchically as is taught by bible believers then slavery is a natural manifestation.
    Only a few (relative to the population of believers) ignorant types really think that the Bible justified slavery, and those are not limited to the South.
    And how does one correlate the concentration of conservative trends in the West to the OP?
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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    Only a few (relative to the population of believers) ignorant types really think that the Bible justified slavery, and those are not limited to the South.
    I personally interpret the bible as pure slavery, but that wasn't what I was referring to in my post. What I was talking about is the idea that humans are God's special guests in life and everything else is there to serve God and his special guests. All that is required from that point is to convince oneself that the other life form is different enough to be excluded as one of God's special guests and place them in the other category. Skin color, gender, speech impediments and a whole host of "disorders" and differences have been used to justify our belief in slave making. We even do this with our young. If they agree to "serve" their country, their "slavery" status gets transformed into "hero" billing. Of course we're all slaves to the economy and those who refuse to get labeled as lazy.
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    And how does one correlate the concentration of conservative trends in the West to the OP?
    I don't understand this question.
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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Slavery was not unique to the Bible, or Christianity, or even to the Jewish culture from which the Bible evolved.
    While there are certain racial implications around the system of slavery that existed in the southern US, it really had little to do with the Bible.

    Chances are, should one study the history of the region, one would find that the so called Bible Belt is more a result of the region's history than as cause, and Slavery was more a cause of the southern culture than the result of it.

    One should remember that even those cultures to whom we credit the creation of Democracy were slave cultures.
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