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Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Religious is not synonymous with spirituality. One can be spiritual without being a member of a religion.

Tooele, UT

The correlations that some of the known and self-proclaimed political liberals (who often comment on DN articles) try to make regarding religiosity to other non-related statistics in both Utah and/or to the South are both humorous and sad.

Humorous because such non-related demographic correlations are so silly and pretentious. Sad because those statements seem to be made in at least semi-seriousness... proving quite poignantly that there exists no lack of modern day ignorance.

Tooele, UT

@ A Quaker:

You gave no source for your numbers, but they seem quite questionable. Recent statistical demographics from Wiki state there are only 650,000 Muslims in the entire state of New York, of which about 550,000 live in NYC... which is about half of what you quote.

@ lixercat:

You are coming across as the ultimate authority on how people around the country think, act and live. Some of your statements are rather obvious (some backward and some highly educated people everywhere one goes).

But to claim that most people live in complete ignorance about the rest of our country and of the world is very questionable and obviously a subjective, hard-to-prove statement and one I can't agree with. It makes me wonder what uneducated pockets of those regions you claim to have lived in.

I too have traveled quite extensively, lived in multiple regions and currently have children living in states from Washington to Tennessee. I don't find the same generalizations you assert about others... and that you yourself ironically warn others not to make.

A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY

@Objectified: I did cite my source. As you know, we can't post links here at DN, otherwise I would, but if you google the name of the site I cited, you'll find it.

I, too, would quibble with the numbers. I find it impossible to believe there are only 100 formal mosques in NYC, since I've seen perhaps a dozen with my own eyes, and it's a very big city of which I only frequent a tiny part.

To that end, I'd also like to point out that there are at least 3 Buddhist temples and a Hindu temple in easy walking distance from our house, but that website doesn't even mention the number of those religions at all. And, all the oriental grocery stores I've been in sell the paraphernalia required for the religious practice known as "ancestor worship." We even have a Mormon temple or three.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

Claiming to be religious or attending religious services regularly really means nothing. It's how one lives and acts that is the true barometer of ones character. Anything else is lip service. More and more people today can see through the thin veil of the self proclaimed religious.

A Run
South Jordan, UT

In other news: Ice was discovered at the North Pole, Mars is red, The Sun actually does not orbit the earth, and It was discovered that we need oxygen.

@Donn. What definition of Christian do Mormons not follow? We follow the Dictionary.com definition of Christians. We Believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We Proclaim ourselves as Christian, we are baptized by Immersion (The SAME way Christ was baptized), and teach Christian Doctrines and qualities. So we aren't Christian because we interpreted some parts of the bible differently than the rest of Christians did 325 years AFTER Christ? We simply interpreted the Christian trinity to be 3 divine beings instead of one triune god. Trinity does mean 3 doesn't it? Of course there would be no error in 325 years without modern technology.
And who is to say that you have to be Christian to be good people. Quit judging people just because they aren't Christian. Did you realize that only about 6% of Muslims are terrorist, and WAY less than 1% of Muslims are terrorists. They don't all hate Christians or Americans

Pittsburgh, PA

@Hutterite: Have you visited Mississippi? Its a beautiful state.

Disgusted American
deptford, NJ

For the second straight year, Mississippi is the most religious state in the U.S., and has the MOST Poverty, Obesity, Ignorance....unwanted pregnancies, baby mamas....childhood poverty.....hmm, what other bad things does America have? Just look up MS......Tells you alot, now don't it!!!

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