Bill O’Reilly trolls. Don’t think that he doesn’t. And in the middle of a recent episode of The O’Reilly Factor, the political nutbar commentator brought up a Pew Research study that shows in the last 8 years, the number of Americans that self identify as Christians has declined. Data from the same study tells us that a 6% increase in Americans choosing not to identify with a religious tradition at all. Okay, Bill O’Reilly. What’s your point?
“There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment,” he said. “The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior. That sinks into the minds of some young people — the group that is most likely to reject religion.”
As it turns out, the study specifically singles out millennial’s – those who were born after 1980 – as the ones to blame for the decline in Christianity. Yup. It’s the youngin’s fault and Bill O’Reilly thinks hip-hop is destroying our churches.
Basically, the younger the group gets, the more likely it is they will declare independence from organized religious groups. “While many U.S. religious groups are aging, the unaffiliated are comparatively young – and getting younger, on average, over time,” the Pew report reads. “By contrast, the median age of mainline Protestant adults in the new survey is 52 (up from 50 in 2007), and the median age of Catholic adults is 49 (up from 45 seven years earlier).”
So Bill O’Reilly just decided to bring up the Pew report and throw us under the bus at the same time. Like I said. Trolling.