Reader: Bible belt states make you appreciate a more secular place like Colorado

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Our post spotlighting a Gallup poll that ranked Colorado among the less religious states in the country spurred a fascinating conversation about faith and regional differences in the way it's practiced. Here's a post from a reader with experience in a state that landed near the top of the religiosity scale.

Julie Grunewald Williams writes:

I lived in Georgia for many years (too many) and it is another world down there in the bible-belt. Being back in a less religious state like Colorado is fantastic! No one asks us what church we go to or brings up religion in a job interview (yes, they do that in the south!). It is wonderful to be back in a secular-thinking state!

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Mark Mead
Mark Mead

Yep. Add to the list of reasons to enjoy this great state.

Susanna Inanna Rhc
Susanna Inanna Rhc

That is the biggest reason I was glad to leave NC. You can breath here.

Will Hayden
Will Hayden

Ever hear of Colorado Springs? Gasp, Colorado has more than mountains and hippies.

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

Ashley, you aren't alone! Haha just read these comments!

Tyler Travis
Tyler Travis

Umm... we still don't allow car sales on Sunday....

Joni Windle
Joni Windle

So glad I moved here! Been in CO more than the state I was born in thankfully!

Bridget Dannehl
Bridget Dannehl

I'm from Monroe, Louisiana. Religion is...definitely prevalent there. Moving to Denver has been a breath of fresh air!

Bob Armstrong
Bob Armstrong

a major reason i left virginia was to get away from bible thumpers who want to micro manage everyone else's life...it is great to live in a place where people aren't in your business about your personal beliefs

Mathew Woods
Mathew Woods

To each their own. Practice and love your faith all you want. Just please, keep your faith YOUR faith, and do not project it into everyone else unless they wish to participate.

David Starry
David Starry

Coming from SC, you folks have it really, really nice.

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

Lived in the south for years as a transplant from Cali. It's cultish down there on many different subjects. I found kind hearts but narrow minds with no desire to lean or evolve. It was a good experience but glad I moved out of that culture.

Gregg Adams
Gregg Adams

Yes! I spent 7 years in Georgia and he's spot on. Religion is in your face in every interaction you have. Colorado was a breath of fresh air!

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

I would relish the chance to tell someone rude enough to ask me what religion I am in a job interview that I think imaginary friends are for children.

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