There's a new Gallup poll out showing which states are the most and least religious. The full list is here.
This got me to thinking. Throughout the country, 33 states have the death penalty and 17 don't (although no state without the death penalty has removed it by a vote of the people, and such a vote in California last year retained capital punishment). That's about two-thirds of the states with and one-third without.
Among the ten least religious states (counting DC as a state), however, seven have no death penalty (Vermont, DC, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Alaska). Among the ten most religious states, all have it.
I am not going to comment on the relationship between having religious faith and believing in capital punishment; I leave that to more sophisticated minds. What drew my attention to this new report was something else entirely, to wit, its rendition in Yahoo News, which contains the following account: "As expected, the South dominated the 'most religious' list, while the 12 least religious states were located in New England."
This just shows how anachronistic my education has become. When I was in first grade, there were only 6 states in New England. Perhaps the others got added from the list of the 57 states candidate Obama visited.
UPDATE: I particularly want to thank Alaska for moving into New England. Up until today, it had been too far away to visit.