…but Gallop recently issued their survey on the most and least religious states in the good ol’ US of A, based on the frequency of church attendance. I wasn’t surprised to see Utah top the list (because Brigham Young will personally fly down from Kolob and punch you in the face if you don’t attend Temple), but I was surprised to see that the highest percentage was only 51%.
This top 10 list, of course, contains no surprises:
Just missing the list are Texas, which is it’s own special brand of crazy and Oklahoma, which is currently in the process of trying to rewrite Advanced Placement history for high schoolers, to make America sound even more awesome.
It also goes without saying that of the 10 States, only 1 (Kentucky) isn’t Republican-led across the board; Governor, Upper and Lower Houses.
So, what else do these Top 10 GOP-led, most religious states have in common?
How about the poorest states in the country?
Six out of the 10 most religious states are also the poorest. None of them cracked the list of top 10 richest states.
When it comes to unemployment, we find most of the usual suspects right up there:
Of course, these religious states are all about being pro-life, and abstinence education, but guess which ones have the highest teen pregnancy rates:
1. New Mexico – 80/1,000
2. Mississippi – 76/1,000
3. Texas – 73/1,000
4. Arkansas – 73/1,000
5. Louisiana – 69/1,000
6. Oklahoma – 69/1,000
7. Nevada – 68/1,000
8. Delaware – 67/1,000
9. South Carolina – 65/1,000
10. Hawaii – 65/1,000
Once again the same old names keep cropping up.
Of course, I’m really just being ass and throwing numbers around, but you’d think that if these people were praying so hard, their god would be helping them along a bit more. Like he is the Mormons, so maybe Joseph Smith was onto something. Or maybe God’s punishing Mississippi, because those damn gays can get married in New York?