Bible Belt

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First used by American journalist H. L. Mencken, who wrote in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1924 that "the old game, I suspect, is beginning to play out in the Bible Belt."[1]

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Bible Belt

  1. An area where socially conservative Protestant Christianity is a pervasive or dominant part of the culture.
  2. (in particular) An area in the southeastern United States where Evangelical Protestantism is a pervasive and dominant part of the culture.

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  1. ^ Fred R. Shapiro, editor (2006) Yale Book of Quotations, Yale University Press, →ISBN