Perhaps no one is too surprised that Oklahoma is at the top of a list of “most Christian” states.
This distinction is among the findings in the U.S. Religion Census 2010 recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
In the census, Oklahoma is No. 5 of the “most Christian” states, with 58,598 Christians per 100,000 people. Oklahoma is preceded, in order, by Utah, which tops the list, and North Dakota, Alabama and Louisiana. The five states rounding out the remainder of the top 10, are Mississippi, South Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Arkansas.
While I wasn't shocked about these findings, I thought there were many other statistics that were interesting:
A Sikh faith community leader recently thanked me for my May 5 story on the recent groundbreaking of a Sikh house of worship at 4525 NW 16.
Sabi Singh with the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma said I left out an important aspect of the April 15 groundbreaking ceremony: members of other faiths were included in the ceremony.
“At a time when instances of tolerance and interfaith understanding are not the norm in the course of reading the news, the ground breaking of this building was performed by a Christian minister, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu and a Sikh, with a blessing from each of the faiths being quoted preceding the action,” he told me.
He sent me pictures of the groundbreaking, and I have posted them on the Religion and Values blog at blog.NewsOK.com/religionandvalues.