The Worst States to Live in America

Jeanne Sager
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hateHurricane Earl has people debating the worst places to live during hurricane season, but a little rain has nothing on year-round intolerance.

At least the hurricane is nature.

These states are creating a dangerous atmosphere that's 100 percent man-made, and it's stifling its citizens worse than the stale air of the basement 17 hours into hiding from the hurricanes.

Where does your state rank?

Ohio

Why It's Bad: The Buckeye State has decided to re-draw the map of the United States. Puerto Ricans are currently persona non grata as Ohio has announced a refusal to accept their birth certificates as proof of citizenship in the United States.

California

Why It's Bad: Gays finally get the right to marry! Then the cranky heterosexuals take it away because if they can't be happy, why should anyone be? Prop 8 was knocked down in court, but should it have taken a judge to affirm the "pursuit of happiness"?

The Golden State also boasts the highest percentage of hate crimes in the nation, according to the FBI. Go Warriors!

Texas

Why It's Bad: Let's take a gander at those schoolbooks. Joseph McCarthy = good. Thomas Jefferson advocating separation of church and state = bad.

Arizona

Why It's Bad: Have you heard a little story about the brown people being treated like second-class citizens because they might, possibly, maybe, sort of be illegal? Even if they're here with a valid stamp of approval from the good old US of A?

Georgia

Why It's Bad: A hate crimes law tossed in 2004 by a state court has still not been replaced. Which leaves citizens completely unprotected.

Virginia

Why It's Bad: When Gov. Bob McDonnell came into office this year, he started rolling back protections for its citizens right and left. One of the first things to go? Anti-discrimination rules regarding gay and lesbian state workers. 

Oklahoma and Nebraska

Why They're Bad: Allowing religion to sneak into the abortion law throws the separation of church and state out the window.

How is your state looking these days?

 

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