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Bible Belt

The Bible belt highlighted in red
Dominant faiths in 2001 in the 48 states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii (blue: Catholics, red / pink: Baptists, yellow: Methodists, beige: Lutherans, green: Mormons, gray: no dominant religion; details in the large view)

With Bible Belt (English for Bible belt) denotes an area in the United States where evangelical Protestantism is an integral part of culture. Most of this area extends across the southern states.

Geographical classification

Exact boundaries do not exist, usually an area that extends from Texas in the southwest and Kansas in the northwest to Virginia in the northeast and Florida in the southeast.

Historical background

Before the Civil War, the southern states were less religious than the Midwest or New England, for example. It was not until the experience of the lost war, the ensuing occupation by northern troops and the resulting radical economic and social upheavals that a strong turn to religion was brought about in this area.

Political classification

Politically, the states of the Bible Belt are today largely attributable to the conservative electorate due to the strong religiousness of the population. Nevertheless, the area was firmly in the hands of the Democrats until around 1960, as the Republicans were still perceived as the party of the former war opponent (see Solid South). With the Democrats' turn to the civil rights movement and subsequently a Republican campaign strategy that paid special attention to the voters of these states, the vote turned around over the years. Today the states of the Bible Belt - with the exception of Florida as the swing state - are considered to be the strongholds of the Republican Party, at least in presidential elections.

Strongholds

For various cities within the Bible Belt, the name The Buckle of the Bible Belt (The belt buckle of the Bible belt) used. It is characterized by important ecclesiastical institutions, companies with a corresponding background, a generally high density of places of worship or a strictly religious majority. For example, the name is also used for Nashville, Tennessee Music City, USA is called. Here is a play on words that is based on the fact that the country music artists wear oversized (colloquially: dinner plate-sized) belt buckles and are also home to various evangelical churches, including the largest, the Southern Baptist Convention. Other cities include Tulsa in Oklahoma, Lubbock in Texas, Jacksonville in North Carolina and others.

Belt Terminology in the United States

Belt terminology is often used to describe regions of the United States expanding in an east-west direction that share a common characteristic. In addition to the Bible Belt, there is, for example, the Rust Belt, which extends over the industrial areas in the northeast and the north-west of the Midwest, as well as the Sun Belt, a name for the states with comparatively hot weather between the coasts. Other belts are the snow belt, the grain belt, the corn belt, the black belt and the cotton belt.

Other states

Occasionally the term is also used to denote the conservative region in the Canadian province of Alberta. In the Netherlands there is a Bible belt that stretches from Zeeland in the west to Overijssel in the northeast. With Bible belt From the US point of view, areas of other states are also referred to with a relatively high (conservative) Christian population, whereby these areas do not have to be elongated or contiguous.

Other meanings

Bible Belt is also used as a humorous synonym for the chastity belt. This is likely due to the aggressive chastity campaigns of the Bible Belt-based church leaders.

See also

Categories:
  • Christianity in the United States
  • Region in the United States