Yesterday (May 12), we reported that millennials are partially the cause of a significant drop in the number of Americans who identify as Christians, according to a Pew Research Study on the changing nature of religion in the United States.
Now, FOX News host Bill O'Reilly has found another culprit to blame: Rappers!
That's right. The notorious conservative icon is not happy about young peoples' lack of participation in organized religion, so on an episode of his talk show "The O'Reilly Factor," he pointed his finger at the rap community.
“The rap industry often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people, the group that is most likely to reject religion," he said during his show's "Talking Points" segment. He also added that “many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values."
While O'Reilly also identified other factors, like the media and corruption within the Catholic church, for causing the percentages to drop, he expressed fear that the country is turning “towards the pursuit of individual gratification," and even compared the United States to the Roman Empire.
However, he also made a statement that's extremely unfounded, which is that “the prevailing wisdom, especially among youths, is whatever is good for me is good, period; the overall good be damned."
Organized religion isn't right for everyone, and not having one definitely doesn't mean you're a bad or selfish person; there are plenty of hard-working, educated young people making a positive impact on the world, both with and without religious affiliation.
As a matter of fact, many examples exist within the rap community alone, whether it be Game's charitable deeds and random acts of kindness or Killer Mike's endorsement of positive role models.
Not to mention Kendrick Lamar, who was baptized after the release of his acclaimed good kid, M.A.A.D. City, and often references his strong relationship with God in his music.
In fact, Lamar told The New York Times this year, “My word will never be as strong as God’s word. All I am is just a vessel, doing his work.”
So there you have it, Bill.