I know. People wander all over the place, in pursuit of work or for other reasons. North Carolina is full of northerners. I'm originally from Chicago, myself.
I'm sorry, I meant something more along the lines of ... I dunno, just the feel of the place. You get a certain vibe from different cities, caused by the feel of the average person you run into.
For example, I work in tech support for work-from-home employees, for my company. I drive all over the state to people's homes, when something goes critically wrong and their computer needs replacing.
In the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Highpoint) I see Christian feel-good plaques placed on over half of the doorways, outside of homes, and even more homes in which the insides are positively infested with little fundie, God-speak decorations. I almost never see anything like that in the Triangle (Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill) or the Charlotte area.
Most of the cities in North Carolina are very secular and full of liberals. The rural areas ... rather less so. The Triad is one of the most religious metro areas in the country, though. With work, I have people babble endlessly about their church, which is fine. The problem comes when they start poking into my religion. I've had to tell several that they really don't want to hear my religious views, and it's not a good discussion for work.
My actual department (The I.T. guys) is another matter entirely. We're over half atheist. We bicker back and forth all day long about politics and religion, because we're all pretty cool about it.
I had gotten the impression that all of the cities in Tennessee are closer to the Triad end of things. Particularly with the association between Nashville and country music, I'd always gotten that feel from the media. Even mainstream country music has endless God-babble. Is my impression way off? Do you not have religion shoved in your face all of the time?
Also, my impression is formed from the fact that Tennessee is one of the states that has problems with Creationism being taught in schools, unofficially, in some of the more rural areas. I think we've pretty well stamped that out here, but I guess it might happen in a few of the more northeastern parts of the state or in some of the tiny mountain towns. Either way though, you don't hear about it being associated with North Carolina.
Wow, another person from Tennessee who just joined in the past day or so. You guys are coming out of the wood works, lately. And here I thought Tennessee was such a fundamentalist backwater. How is the state coming along, judging from how things look around you?
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