Geoffrey Stone, a distinguished professor of law at the University of Chicago, has written for the Huffington Post about life in the 10 most religious states in the U.S. — Utah, Oklahoma and eight southern states including Arkansas.
You can guess where this is going.
I posted a link to this on Twitter last night. Responses included one offering help for me to rent a U-Haul. Another needed no research to conclude that this distinguished professor neededto do better research. In other words, he needs to research until he comes to a conclusion more to my critic’s liking, whether it is supported by facts or not (see: danger of vaccinations, safety of raw milk). Correlation is not causation, another reflexive critic writes. Stone doesn’t argue causation by the way, just observation.
Back to Geoffrey Stone. He didn’t exactly find that City upon a Hill in the country’s most religious states.
Eight of these ten states joined the Confederacy and fought a bloody Civil War to defend the institution of slavery.
Nine of these ten states still had racially segregated schools at the time of the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Five of these ten states are still among the worst states in the nation in terms of the continuing racial segregation of their public schools.
Eight of these ten states are among the eleven states in the nation with the highest rates of incarceration.
All of these ten states still have the death penalty.
Seven of these ten states are among the ten states in the nation with the highest percentage of their citizens living under the poverty level.
Six of these ten states are among the nine worst states in the nation in rates of obesity.
Nine of these ten states are among the twenty states in the nation with the highest rates of smoking.
It goes on. And he doesn’t get to our famously high divorce and multiple marriage rates, even though “We the People” value the sanctity of marriage above just about all else. Or so Br’er Rapert claims.