As mentioned in an earlier article, I spent several weeks in the South a while ago.  Friends told me that I had been in the “Bible Belt.”  I decided to Google “Bible Belt.”  According to Wikipedia: “The Bible Belt is an informal region in the Southern United States in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism plays a strong role in society and politics, and Christian church attendance across the denominations is generally higher than the nation’s average…The earliest known usage of the term “Bible Belt” was by American journalist and social commentator H. L. Mencken.”

My mom brought up my sisters and me in the Baptist church.  Although she acknowledged being a Christian, she did not proselytize, and she did not speak against other religions as long as those religions focused on the kind and respectful treatment of humans. 

Well, while in the Bible Belt, I was interrogated about my religious affiliation/practice.  Following are some of the questions directed at me. “What church did you grow up in?” “What church do you belong to now?”  “Do you read the Bible?”  “Do you believe in Jesus?” “Do you believe in heaven and hell?” “Are you saved?”  “At your age, you need to be saved.” Hm-m.

Need I say that I am very much against holier-than-thou people feeling they have the right to question/assault/attack others about their religious affiliation.  My mother did not like this either, and one of her favorite songs included the lyrics: “Everybody talkin’ ‘bout heaven ain’t goin’ there.” Amen.

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...