I'm visiting NC, this week. I can't believe how many (really bad) Christian music stations and "Jesus" bill boards we've seen! It feels really oppressive. My kids and I made the billboards a car ride game. "Got Jesus?!"or ""I've found the Lord" So, at least we had a good laugh...
For people that live in similar areas, is it alienating, living outside the normative, here? I live in a rural, conservative area, but not to this extreme.
I find it suffocating! I never appreciated all that Jesus stuff, when I was part the religious community! But, now that I have been out for long time, it seems bazaar! It is like being immersed in a kind of fog...and liking it, for the people of these religious areas! It is sad, as these people will have a difficult time, evolving to a higher level of understanding of the nature of life and their place in it.
Even the so-called Bible Belt here in the Netherlands is not that bad. There just are a few more churches and on average more people (including young people) go to them, but for the rest on the outside you can’t see what spiritually conservative places they are. We don’t really have many billboards here.
I live in a rural part between Asheville and Hickory. It's still a little gross down here but I grew up 'up the mountain from here and its...my dad did a count and based on the total population of the county there's one church per 14 people. Mostly some variation of Baptist (southern, free will, normal, Southern free will) and Methodist with some Pentecostals, some Holiness, a Witness Kingdom Hall, a small Mormon presence, I think there's a Catholic mission for the immigrant workers and another small catholic church up near Linville. We had a Jewish family when I was living there but I don't know where they went to temple. No Muslim Buddhist Hindu, etc presence whatsoever...growing up there was...toxic and hostile.