To a startling degree—and for reasons that may shed light on the presidential race—[Alabama] and other southern states combine conspicuous religiosity with widespread loucheness.Linda note: loucheness = sketchy behavior—think Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler.)
Louisiana’s murder rate is comfortably the nation’s highest. Mississippi’s is second (most of the other states are not far behind). The same pair suffer the country’s highest rates of gonorrhoea; Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina make the top ten. Meanwhile Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina feature in the top seven for the incidence of single-parent families. All those church-loving southern states rank in the top third for teenage pregnancy; several are prolific in divorce.What causes this? Poverty? Slavery? Alcohol?
Nope, Religion and Donald Trump according to the Economist. Southern Protestantism, with its emphasis on forgiveness and salvation by faith, explains it (the "No, not one" in title of the article comes from Romans 3:10):
It may also be pertinent to a national enigma: the rise of Donald Trump. One reading of his strong showing among evangelical Christians—he swept all the states mentioned above—is that his supporters are only notionally religious: witness the decline in his ratings among evangelicals who go to church every week. Some may be plumping for a profane braggart because they think him strong enough to guarantee their liberty, like some latter-day Persian king. Or, for some, Mr Trump’s yen to turn back the clock may by association imply a resurgence of Christianity, even if his own behaviour doesn’t.How about some facts? I like facts. I read data tables for fun and there is no more fun than data tables from the Centers for Disease Control.
Moving to the CDC website, www.cdc.gov, we find that:
I thought blacks voted for Hilary. If so, what does gonorrhea among blacks have to do with whites voting for Donald Trump?