“Two powerful and often opposing forces within society are faith and reason. Regardless of the extent to which a cultural war exists, the balance between the two (e.g., teaching evolution in the schools) is a prominent feature of popular socio-political discourse in the United States. Thus, the topic makes a perfect subject of a map and leads us to ask which parts of the country prefer bookstores to Bibles?”
— From “Baptists, bibliophiles, and bibles, Oh My!” at floatingsheep.org (Nov. 30, 2009)
Striking if not surprising how North Carolina appears on this match-up of churches vs. bookstores — and how the U.S. as a whole resembles recent electoral maps, except for reds and blues being reversed.