That headline should generate some very colorful comments, but it’s true, sort of, I swear. The fancy, godless maps and charts below show that –generally speaking — the states whose residents attend Church the least are the smartest, and those states whose residents attend Church the most are the most stupidest. Ready to have your snobbish, Yankee predispositions reaffirmed with science?!
That map groups the Midwest in with the South, but the according to Gallup:
Nine of the top 10 states in church attendance — Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas — are in the South. Utah, with its high concentration of churchgoing Mormons, provides a Western exception.
Mississippi, it turns out, is the church-goingest state in the union, and filthy filthy Vermont is the least. Now, how do those two states stack up against each other on the Smartness Chart? Well, eh, it’s a bit of a mismatch. Vermont is the smartest state, and Mississippi ranks 48th, ahead of only Nevada and Arizona. Sorry about the blurriness.
I don’t want to make too much of this, but I would like to quickly ask: WHERE’S YOUR GOD NOW, THE SOUTH?