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Tall Tales of the Bible belt
Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:02 PM
Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:13 PM
The Bible Belt, if the truth be known, is about the most exciting, wonderful and amazing place there is. And then some. We don't know why anyone would leave it.
Nope, can't imagine why anyone would want to leave the
Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:58 PM
Posted 23 March 2007 - 09:32 AM
Posted 23 March 2007 - 09:41 AM
I've always wondered why the Bible Belt is smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley.
Easy...built in God-punishment. Your flock gets out of line in Kansas or Oklahoma, its only a matter of time before Jesus whips up a nice twister to bring the wayward back to the fold and warn the rest to stay in line.
Wonderful theatrics too in the hands of a fire-and-brimstone preacher!
Posted 23 March 2007 - 09:58 AM
The area that is now called the Bible belt used to be the Slavery belt, where slaves were used as cheap agricultural labor. Agriculture, at least in those days, relied less on science and more on brawn. This may be the root of the anti-intelktchul bias seen in such cesspools as Alabama and Mississippi.
In New England, where you better have your shit together if you want to live through the winter, people were strongly motivated by climate and culture to be smart and cooperative. Thus more machinery and all that other satanic stuff like edumacation.
Since knowledge and religion tend toward mutual exclusion, where there is more cultural and survival value associated with education and technology there will be less emphasis placed on ridiculous ancient superstitions.
The flip side is that, if you live in an area where the highest technological achievement that may be expected of you is to jack up a 30 year old Ford in front of your mobile home and leave it perched on cinder blocks for 12 years, then the absence of requirements for education leaves a vacuum that can be exploited by religious afflictions.
Not that I would ever be cynical.
Here is a quote "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up."
EDITED: to fix a typo
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