Do you notice any significant difference of religiosity in the large cities of Texas v the rural areas?
I’ve mentioned this before, but Austin is quite a bit different from the rest of Texas - even the other metro areas like Dallas, Houston or San Antonio that I’m reasonably familiar with. Politically, election maps are always fun to watch because we’re a little island of blue in a sea of red.
Religiously, we’ve got our share of wingnuts - but being an open atheist doesn’t make you an outcast. The spectrum is pretty broad, with a lot of people I know holding religion loosely if at all. Maybe the presence of a large and diverse university population has something to do with this. Admittedly, I run with a crowd from the artsy side of the tracks (which generally tends to the secular) - but I really don’t notice religious prejudices here.
Of course, as I’ve also mentioned before, drive an hour in any direction and you’re in beer, guns and tits for Jesus land. And they keep up on the latest in lynching techniques.