Fat Steve's Blatherings

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Prof. of Religion Gets Surprising News

Summary:

        Iowa is predominately Christian.

At Length:

        Drake University hired a New Yorker, Jennifer Harvey, to be a professor of Religion.  To her great surprise:
        Iowans and other Midwesterners are much more likely to link their patriotism and their religion than people on the east coast.

        Her Chrisitian students take their religion seriously too:
        "Even in my (Drake) classrooms where students are quite liberally inclined, they are looking for ways to make sense out of their stances or views on the war or same sex marriage through a Christian framework, many times," Harvey says.

        By contrast, New Yorkers are uncomfortable with religion in patriotism:
        American politicians often say "God Bless America" at the end of a speech, and Harvey says while that may seem perfectly normal to Midwesterners, it seems odd to people who live on the East Coast. . . . "and where I came from it was, you know, folks wished the (2004 Democratic presidential candidate John) Kerry would not put God's blessing on his speech, even if they were going to vote for him," Harvey says.

        The things you learn online.

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