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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 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 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 Bryn Mawr View Post
    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).
    It's the other way around here. Blue=liberal, Red=conservative.
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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    It's the other way around here. Blue=liberal, Red=conservative.
    I suspected so from the distribution but it's nice to be sure.

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    Re: Slave states vs Bible Belt

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    In the build-up to the Civil War, virtually every religious group in the US went through a major schism. Preachers and church leaders in the south were using the Bible to defend slavery while their counterparts in the north were using the same Bible to condemn it. The Baptists, for example, spawned the Southern Baptists, which condoned slavery. While the primary issue was slavery, the newly formed southern religious organizations also railed against the "intellectuals" and "elitists" in the north. Sound familiar?

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