Yesterday Pew Research Center released the results of a survey showing a rapid decline in the number of Christians in the United States. Now Fox News bigmouth Bill O’Reilly has pronounced the underlying cause: rap music. Really, as reported by the Washington Post:
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A new study from Pew Research shows an increase in the number of Americans who aren’t affiliated with a church. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly used this tidbit to rail against an unexpected target: rap music.
“There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment,” O’Reilly said. “The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people — the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values. If you are a person of faith, then the media generally thinks you are a loon.”
So the causality here, in O’Reilly’s mind, goes like this: Young people listen to “rap music.” -> They hear descriptions of “depraved behavior.” -> It sinks into their minds.