|Location of Mississippi in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I can look at the data showing that Mississippi is the most religious state in the nation and ask myself what I am doing here. I can assume that I might be far happier if I were to move to a significantly less religious region, but I'm not sure that is necessarily the case. While there would be many things I would undoubtedly like about being in a less religious area, there are some things I like about Mississippi that have nothing to do with religion. A few of them might not be as easy to find elsewhere.
How about travel? Should I plan my trips to steer clear of religious areas, as the PolicyMic article suggests? No, I find that suggestion rather silly. It isn't like atheists are going to burst into flames just because we venture into a religious state. I've driven through religious states and non-religious states and rarely noticed much difference. If there is something in a religious state I want to see, I'm not going to skip it just because the state tends to be more religious than others.
The one scenario where I can imagine possibly trying to use this sort of information involves an atheist couple living in a very religious state who makes the decision to start a family. If I were to be in such a situation, I can imagine that I'd probably want to get out of the religious state and go elsewhere. Of course, I'd be looking at the political climate and educational system too, so religion would not be the only consideration. But it would be a consideration.
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