There are profound political differences between, say, Vermont and Texas. And those states each also have very different rates of prayer, church attendance, etc. Vermont is really secular, and Texas is quite religious. And the sort of pro-life, pro-family legislation in Texas is considerably better than the opposite in Washington or New Jersey.
But here’s the question–are those differences primarily political and even superficial? In other words, are people in suburban Houston really that much holier and God-oriented than people in suburban Philly or New York or Boston or whatever?
I live in a place with many liberals, but also many conservatives, and I often feel jealous of those who live in states with strong pro-life laws. And I do believe that “culture of life” legislation does make the lives of citizens better. But is it really harder to live in places like Boston or D.C. for a passionately Catholic family than it is states that are known to be more religious and pro-life, pro-marriage?