Good work by Burge

Ryan Burge, the religion graph man, has put together a huge batch of graphs from the latest annual survey.

Overall, maps by county are hard to use and deceptive because ‘county’ is an entirely different entity west and east of the Dry Line. East of the Dry Line, all counties are about the same physical size, differing only in population. West of the Dry Line, counties are randomly sized and shaped, mostly monstrous. Unique characteristics of the Navajo Reservation or a desert region in Nevada show up as state-sized blocks while representing only a few thousand people. It would make more sense to separate out the metro areas as ‘counties’ west of the Dry Line.

This map shows the overall religiousness by county. It answers a question that was bugging me. I could tell that religion was TIGHTLY correlated with sanity during the “virus” hoaxocaust. The states that started sane, or turned sane quickly, were all in Dixie and the wheat belt. Kentucky seemed wrong by this standard. I had thought of it as part of Dixie, but it was among the fiercest NAZIS. This map shows that Kentucky is just as churchless as Washington. Makes sense now.

This map shows the counties that have an Amish congregation. It’s deceptive in a subtle way. Kansas and Oklahoma have large areas of culturally influential Mennonites who are effectively the same as Amish, but not named as Amish.

This map is deceptive in a more obvious way. It shows Non-denominational as the most popular choice in WA and WV. I’ll guarangoddamtee you that Non-denominational has precisely opposite meanings. Here it means ‘non-religious’. In WV it means ‘hardass serious religious.’

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