Bill O’Reilly Blames The Decline Of American Religion On Hip-Hop

Posted: May 16, 2015 in Politics, Religion
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In my earnest estimation, Bill (Jellyroll) O’reilly is an ignorant man. There is no way he believes in his comment about hip hop music. Really, what music isn’t or hasn’t brought about the so called decline of America. Maybe the music he listens too. Music overall is over reaching in matters that are not relevant to an older audience, since the music that is most popular is done by artist 30 and under; definitely not his demographic! Hip hop can be broken up in many areas but I don’t think that really matters, since he simply wants to make a point. The decline of America isn’t a one question or one answer solutions. I can say Bill O’reilly has bought about the decline of America with his staunch conservationism and his ancient religious belief system in which most protestants believe and teach is a CULT from the pit of HELL; I’m speaking about Catholicism.! People today have excess to brilliant scholarship as well as great information pertaining to the christian myth. Your Catholic church has done more harm than good. Why aren’t crimes ever punished by jail sentences. People are growing up and thinking for themselves, that’s maybe the greatest decline of worshiping ancient myths and the decline of Christianity. Protestants do not consider Catholicism to be a christian religion. In defense of one aspect of rap music, their is one value it teaches and that is to work hard, stay on your grind. In other words no one will give it to you, you have to go it. Isn’t that the work effort conserves always “tout.” Nuff Said!

 

A new Pew Research report found that the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent between 2007 and 2014, and conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly thinks he knows why.

In a Wednesday segment, the Fox News anchor said that “people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

O’Reilly’s conclusion is flawed and “troubling” for many reasons, said the Rev. Tony Lee, the senior pastor at the Community of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church. Lee noted that the pundit specifically did not mention rock, pop, country or any other genre of music.

“I think we need to be very careful about some of the coded language in that, because in many ways that is kind of using black culture as a scapegoat for the decline of Christianity,” Lee said.

“People will blame hip-hop for everything,” he added. “There is a much larger context of scapegoating of hip-hop.”

From rappers to religious scholars, many recognize the spirituality contained within much of hip-hop music, as well. Christian rapper Lecrae is one of many mainstream hip-hop artists today weaving religion into his songs.

“For me, my faith dictates everything I do, so no matter what I’m saying in my art, my faith is the driver for that,” the rapper said in a 2014 interview with Religion News Service. “That’s what I’d encourage people to understand as they listen to my music. It’s distinct. My worldview bleeds through my music.”

Lecrae is “able to share the gospel past the confines of the church,” Lee said, which is increasingly important for a younger generation. By focusing on the so-called “depravity” of hip-hop, O’Reilly fails to recognize the true implication of the Pew report and the real challenges the church faces today, Lee said.

“Millennials are not finding their place within church because the boomer generation is continuing to express the gospel in a language that is theirs,” he argued. “My prayer is we will be able to turn the corner and will be able to reach back out to their generation.”

By Antonia Blumberg/Huff Post

Comment/Posted by John the Revelator

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