Thursday, August 2, 2012

Majority Religions in the United States

Here's an interesting map than I came across on Facebook showing the majority religions in the United States by county. You can click on the image to enlarge it and examine it in more detail. As I've mentioned in previous posts, the idea that Christians are oppressed in some mysterious way is not supported by any real data. All of the majority religions that appear on this map are Christian aside from whatever is lumped into the "Other" category - and as you can see there are only a handful of counties in the entire country in which that category constitutes a majority - and one of those in Minnesota is labeled "Other" because there's one county in which Lutherans and Catholics are tied for membership. For all the complaining that fundamentalists do about Pagans and occultists, even when you put the two groups together you get so few people it's hard to see how we could constitute much of a threat.

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Mister Li Liu said...

We've got a Constitutional amendment on the ballot in Missouri to "protect" the right to pray in public, by which they mean at publicly-funded events like public school graduations. It's very clear from their rhetoric that what fundamentalists mean by "persecution" is the loss of the privileged position they've occupied for so long.

Scott Stenwick said...

Yeah, pretty much. Hopefully if that goes through, members of minority religions will take advantage of it and make a few heads explode, figuratively speaking.

For example, I would love to see a young Thelemite get up at a school assembly and open with a totally protected rendition of the Prayer of the Aeon. "Save me from evil and from good..." Priceless!