Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Why is the divorce rates highest in the "bible belt," and lowest in irreligious Massachusetts?

Note: I'm a pagan, so I could care less about Divorce, and don't consider it a sin, but why, in states where it's most considered a sin, is it most rampant?



Massachusetts is at 2.2

Arkansas is at 6.3 (and that down from 6.6!)

Idaho 5.1

Wyoming 5.3


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  • 1 decade ago
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    Red states have more divorce, violent crime, abortion and rape per capita. They also get more tax dollars per capita.

    Blue states pay more in taxes and have higher education and general standards of living.

    Here's some sources:

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    We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

    To sum up briefly:

    You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.

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    We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states

    pay their fair share.

    Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.

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    Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

    We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

    38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

    We're taking the good pot too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.


    Author Unknown in New California.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Very interesting question...what statistics back up your statement proving that divorce rates are highest in the "bible belt" and lowest in Massachusetts?

    I don't have anything to base this on, but if all factors of your statement are factual--the divorce rate is highest in the bible belt, lowest in Massachusetts, and Massachusetts is predominantly irreligious, then perhaps the divorce rate is higher because a higher number of people choose to marry in the bible belt. If Massachusetts can be classified as 'irreligious' then it is likely that more people would bypass traditional marriage in Massachusetts than in the bible belt since marriage is deeply rooted as a religious covenant between two people.

    Hence, greater number of population in the bible belt who follow religious tradition marry, then the numbers would also appear greater for the bible belt's overall divorce rate. There could be an equal or greater number of couples "splitting up" in Massachusetts that were not married in the first place, so their total divorce rate might not seem as high.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Does the MA divorce rate include gay couples?

    It's possible, if it does, that the inclusion of gay couples in MA has increased the marriage rate without any significant bump in the divorce rate. (Anyone willing to move to Massachusetts to get married, and stay there, is pretty committed. I'd expect a low divorce rate among gay couples, at least at the beginning, since the most committed would be the ones you'd see first.)

    Alternatively, it could be because more MA couples are cohabiting before getting married, or breaking up without ever having been married in the first place.

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  • Shossi
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    1 decade ago

    The Bible Belt (Southern Baptists mostly) treat their women as second class citizens------''the pregnant, barefoot, and walking three steps behind'' concept. Often the women will take no more of it, and they leave.

    In Massachusetts, women are treated as equals, and do not have so many reasons to leave.

    Added statement on the subject of the Bible Belt.......

    I have read several times that Billy Graham's daughter is the born preacher, so much better than her brother, Franklin. But, since she is a woman, she cannot take over the

    ministry. How sad to let a talent waste.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because Massachusetts, along with Rhode Island, is extremely Catholic and they don't believe in divorce. They just beat their wives and drink a whole lot up there.

    Down south, you don't have to stay married, but you do have to BE married. Folks down there often get married 4 or 5 times.

    Who the heck told you that Massachusetts was irreligious???

    Source(s): New Englander
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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't know that the divorce rate is tied to religion or not. Since Bible Belt states consistantly rank lowest in public education, I would say intelligence might play a role. Come to think of it, maybe there is a tie in.

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  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    As a Kentucky resident, i will say that Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas have many greater homosexuals than different states. The extreme sort of homosexuals giving off 'gay rays' that incredibly breakdown classic society and marriages has, for sure, bring about the inflated divorce expenditures. We tried shifting them to California yet greater of them seem to born widespread. I recommend what's a cow to do?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Listen to a Larry the Cable Guy CD, full of some good ol' fashioned "cousin marrying" humor :-)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its no suprise the divorce rate is so high in the Bible belt - you know hard it is to get on with your siblings.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If this is infact the case, I would say probably because a much higher percent of people feel they should get married in the Bible Belt, whereas in Mass(where I live) most people seem content to stay unmarried and live immoral lifestyles.

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