Okay I see what these two maps are trying to do, being presented side-by-side but let’s try to take away some additional commentary beyond “the most religious states have the highest teen pregnancy rates - insert snide comment”
First of all, shout out to Minnesota for being the best case against this proposed stereotype, with New Jersey and my home state of Wisconsin being other note-able examples failing to directly correlate (remember kids, correlation does not automatically imply causation).
Minnesota falls in the lowest tier of teen pregnancy and has the highest ‘Religious Index’ of all states in this tier. Conversely, Arizona is in the top tier of teen pregnancies while being in the second-most religious category.
So one may have influence on the other, but there will always be counter examples. and rather than make snide comments about how the ‘Most Religious’ states make too many teen babies, maybe we can help this problem by looking at what states with low teen pregnancy rates and higher religious-ness (Minnesota) are doing that might be welcomed in states with a similar religious index that have high teen pregnancy rates. Solving the problem of teen pregnancy might not be as simple as that, but I do believe one thing:
Maps are created to better understand the world around us. That understanding should be used to create positive change and influence the world around us rather than mock those around us.