These trends have been in place for decades. People who live in the so-called Bible Belt have terrible family values, high rates of divorce, and draw a disproportionate amount of Federal assistance. The hypocrisy of this region is self-evident. These are the people who consistently vote for anti-government candidates who preach family values, abstinence, and who support economic plans that consistently punish the poor and the elderly.
These things are very evident right now. The people running things in the Bible Belt use religious issues to drive wedges between themselves and their fellow Americans, and they use culture war shock topics to marginalize minorities. Chaz Bono is a bigger threat than tax cuts for the wealthy? Please.