A map showing areas where the Dutch Christian right Reformed Political Party received a significant percentage of votes in 2010. Some rights reserved by Danny Cohen.

The Dutch Bible Belt

I  am writing these words in the heart of the Bible Belt. I'm in a small town that is traditionally pious but has swelled in recent years with the infusion of well-educated commuters who have left the nearby big city to escape crime and immorality. Here and in neighboring communities, newly built mega­churches are growing. They preach a very traditional orthodox theology. Also boom­ing are hardline right-wing political parties which take very conservative positions on issues such as homosexuality, abortion and gender roles.

 

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