Alabama and Iran are actually quite similar.
Apparently, Gallup says Alabama and Iran are equally religious.
It has always boggled the mind that fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist Muslims don't simply join sides and destroy everyone in the middle. I think Richard Dawkins has made this point before. This would be to oversimplify the situation though. It makes more sense to say: Money only gets in the way. I'd say the dividing line is somewhere with the wallet. Impoverished Christians and impoverished Muslims probably have a lot more in common than rich Christians and poor Christians. Or rich Muslims and poor Muslims.
Anyway, to say that religiousity and poverty go hand in hand is not too far fetched. It makes sense that poor people need something to hang their hat on and wealthy people have that in their assets. And it only becomes more apparent when you look at who Jesus was concerned about (read: the oppressed, impoverished, losers, etc.)
I seriously doubt Iranians try to fry everything like we in Alabama do. I doubt they marry sisters or appreciate NASCAR or fix chitlins or drink sweet tea.
But, according to Gallup - Iranians and Alabamians can agree on one thing. We love our Jesus. Errrr, Mohammad, ummm...God. Yeah. We can agree its important to love God.
HT to the Daily Dish.