He is a past board member of the American Humanist Association, founder of the Secular Coalition for America and the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina, a professor emeritus of mathematics, and the author of a previous book, Candidate Without a Prayer; An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt
My home state of Tennessee is, after all, in the heart of the Bible Belt
, and almost every adult bookstore has an impressive cross in front of it, erected by some local congregation who would prefer such business was done elsewhere, if at all.
Though the ethos of Peoples Temple mirrored in many ways the fundamentalist Protestant "holy rollers" common throughout the Bible Belt
in the last century--even sharing some of the same hymns and traditions such as the laying on of hands that more sophisticated white groups had long since done away with--the newly unearthed videotapes used in the film provide a vibrant documentation of how the spirit moves when a congregation uses its hands rather than sits on them.
Growing up in the rural South in the heart of redneck territory and the Bible Belt
, Billy Joe had earlier had a single same-sex sexual encounter by which he was so traumatized, his self-worth so shattered, that he concluded he couldn't face another day.
Dennett joins other pundits in wryly reporting that the Bible Belt
leads the nation in divorce and abortion.
Once in the South, even though she was a cloistered nun, Angelica began using the media to evangelize the Bible Belt
, first with speeches and mini-books, later with vinyl records and cassettes.
A melting pot for both northerners and southerners, it represents the population in the study, is part of the Bible belt
, and has a strong Baptist heritage.
But fans of the trilogy have condemned the planned removal of anti-religious sentiment as a "blatant cop-out to the Bible Belt
I think it surprises many people in the pew and in the Bible Belt
that one can be "Christian" and still vote something other than Republican.
The truth is that the fervent Protestantism and the penchant for violence of the Bible Belt
South are not responses to the American frontier environment.
Seeing the Bible Belt
as the most religious would seem to be accurate, but for the test of the information, I sincerely have my doubts as to its accuracy.
But last September, as soon as the news came out that John Green's play The Liquid Moon at the Barter Theatre involved a five-minute, full-frontal nude scene in which a married man bares himself in front of a younger single woman, the Bible Belt
community went into an uproar.
I have been incarcerated in the Bible Belt
of North Carolina for almost 11 years and have seen many prison ministries come and go.
of Boston, the book is described on the company's Web site as an erotically guided adventure through venerable Dixie, where sweaty fingers unbuckle the Bible belt
If a film is well-done and marketed right, then it is not going to affect the conservative moviegoers in Middle America, the Bible belt
where people aren't going to go for R-rated movies.