I am so sorry to disappoint my favorite lefty commenter to this site, Right Wing Snarkle, but the United States is still a very religious nation.
And that is a good thing.
But, Mr. Snarkle will be happy to know that he lives in one of the two least religious areas of the United States. That would be the Northeast and the Northwest.
What is also fascinating is where those of a particular religion have the highest or lowest average.
Some of it is not a real surprise.
Such as the strength of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Sure, they are well highest in Utah. But they do have a strong following in surrounding states such as Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Arizona. Mormons are below average in Massachusetts, yet Mitt Romney was elected governor in 2002.
Roman Catholic strength is in places like New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut on the East coast. In the Upper Midwest, the strongest Roman Catholic presence is in Illinois and Wisconsin. In the Deep South, only Louisiana has a strong Roman Catholic presence. New Mexico and California round out the states with a strong or stronger than average Roman Catholic presence.
Protestant and or non-Roman Catholic Christians are strong in the South, Midwest and the Upper Midwest.
The states where Jewish practitioners are strongest are New York, The District of Columbia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Maryland, California and Connecticut. Sadly, there are some states, such as Montana, in which no one surveyed was Jewish. It does not mean that there are not Jewish people, just that the community is so small that it can not register in a poll like this.
What I would have been interested in is where are Islamics the strongest and the weakest.
The poll has a state-by-state breakdown.
For the United States as a whole, the breakdown is 54% Protestant, 24% Roman Catholic, Jewish 2%, Mormon 2%. Atheists and or Agnostics are at 13%.
The bottom line is that, thankfully, the United States is still a nation of believers. Believers of many different faiths. But the belief in a higher power makes this nation the largest of those who believe. And have the freedom to do just that.
HT: TransFigurations @ www.transfigurations.blogspot.com