Talk:Unchurched Belt

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Belt Image Availible?[edit]

Most of the belt articles "Bible Belt, Black Belt, Corn Belt, etc." Have images used to help demonstrate where the belt is, is there one for this belt? QuirkyAndSuch 11:37, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps some history of why this region is specifically heathen- er, I mean, "unchurched". —Preceding unsigned comment added by Masternachos (talkcontribs) 17:56, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Smarty Pants[edit]

Wouldn't Smarty Pants be a better name for this area I mean it doesn't even seem too much like a belt70.68.20.35 (talk) 18:55, 19 March 2016 (UTC)Tony

Color scheme of the map is very confusing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vwalvekar (talkcontribs) 09:46, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

West Virginia?[edit]

I think it even being low is disputable. Gallup places the state as having above average church attendance. Granted that might just mean they feel it proper to say they attend, but it seems pertinent.--T. Anthony (talk) 14:00, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

I know little about West Virginia; I've never visited it, but I noticed that the article says "religious adherence" is low, not church attendance, in W. Va. From that, I can only assume that perhaps actual church membership is low (what else could be meant by "low religious adherence"? A life of "backslidden" sinful hypocrisy despite intense faith and frequent church attendance, perhaps?) or denominational identification is low, while I'm sure that religious faith (belief) and generic identification with being a Bible-believing Christian is quite high in most parts of the state, because it really doesn't seem to fit in at all (culturally or geographically) with the others (in New England or the far West). Just my 2 cents. (talk) 23:06, 4 February 2011 (UTC)
I added a mention of Samuel S. Hill's interpretation of the data on West Virginia. West Virginia is very hard to survey. In 2006 a social geographer did a survey of Wayne County, WV, and found that it contained twice as many churches as was counted by the ARIS and the Glenmary Institute survey. You can read it here Local Geography and Church Attendance: Wayne County WV Dubyavee (talk) 05:55, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
I would speculate that a lot of evangelicals would respond that they're not at all religious, when in fact the opposite is true. I've noticed a sort of passive-aggressive thing they like to do is claim that Christianity isn't a religion, because it's truth. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:32, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

2009-12-14 Image Addition[edit]

I added a link to an image like Quirky suggested. TimeClock871 (talk) 13:55, 14 December 2009 (UTC)


Shouldn't Hispanics be mentioned somewhere in this article, since a rise in the Hispanic population led to the unchurched belt being more churched? Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 23:47, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

(After some 4 years) I guess you're right: the trend of becoming unchurched probably got reversed in California only because of the mass immigration of Mexican people who, though not very religious, usually remain members of the Catholic church. If so, this should reflect on a local level, with the LA metropolitan area being much more churched than the rest of the state. But as always, you need a source for that. Steinbach (talk) 14:02, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

Map of Religion in US SVG version[edit]

While I know Wikipedia encourages the use of SVG maps over JPG, the map I reverted today is an inaccurate map that needs to be corrected, as it has West Virginia as Catholic, and WV is one of the least Catholic states in the US. Dubyavee (talk) 17:44, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

@Dubyavee: This is fixed now. Probably you have to clean your browser cache to see it immediately.--Kopiersperre (talk) 18:01, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks.Dubyavee (talk) 18:15, 31 January 2016 (UTC)