Bill O'Reilly Blames Hip Hop for Decline in Christianity

Bill O'Reilly Blames Hip Hop for Decline in Christianity

Conservative host says the rap industry is killing religion.

Published May 14, 2015

Bill O’Reilly can’t seem to resist blaming hip hop for anything he can think of, like a dip in America’s religious following. During the "Talking Points" segment of his Fox News show Wednesday night, O’Reilly responded to a Pew Research Poll that found Christianity is on the decline.

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According to the conservative host, “people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment,” and O'Reilly thinks he’s pinpointed the culprit.

“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," said O’Reilly. “Also, many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values. Truth is, if you are a person of faith, then the media generally thinks you are a loon."

He later names sex scandals involving Catholic priests for hurting the religion, stating that “Christianity is on decline” because of “poor leadership and corruption” within the church. 

As the Washington Post reports, however, O’Reilly’s rap theory is statistically off-base. 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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