Oklahoma among “most Christian” states

Religious census conducted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies has Oklahoma among the top five of “most Christian” states.
by Carla Hinton Modified: June 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm •  Published: June 1, 2012

Among Jewish traditions, Orthodox claim the highest adherence and attendance;

Muslim communities are increasing; in Oklahoma, Comanche County (which includes Lawton and Fort Sill) showed growth of 50 percent or more.

Oklahoma's largest non-Christian group is Buddhist;

The Southern Baptist Convention and nondenominational churches make up the majority of evangelical and conservative congregations.


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.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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