Moral America

Unlike Daniel, I’ve got a slightly different read on the following survey results:

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Daniel says:

Generally, politicians are asked if they’re religion as a way of really asking ‘Are you a moral person?’ Of course they have to say yes and of course this question is so misguided but that’s how things work. The good news that can be discerned from this map is that the “moral” people don’t necessarily come from just the deep south and the immorals don’t come from the coastal states. Perhaps the entire topic should be scrapped when it comes to political vetting.

OR, perhaps the correlation between being a moral fortitude and religious fervor is either strongly overstated or effectively nonexistent. I’d argue that morality comes from a deep, instinctual sympathy for other people whereas religion is an artificial system of incentives that can sometimes (but frequently doesn’t) line up with the psychological incentives that a moral person has for not doing terrible things to people. But that’s a different, much longer post.

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