Thursday, June 12, 2014

Faux religion news

This map's been making the rounds: second largest religious tradition in each state in 2010! No wonder the South is worried about sharia law, eh? In fact, it's as uninformative as the red-blue maps I've been huffing and puffing over since the election of 2006. Break things down by county and you get another story entirely - much more religious diversity. And face the numbers and you realize that we're still talking about vanishingly small numbers of people in most cases - the "second largest" in many cases will be less than 1%. (And then there are the usual problems with religious identity polls.) The absurdity of it is is perhaps clearer in the case of this other map. CA: Kamusta? NY: 很好!

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