As expected, the media have been all over the new Pew survey on religion that shows a sharp increase in the number of atheists, agnostics and others who are unaffiliated with religion and a corresponding decline in the number of Catholics and mainline Protestants.
There has undoubtedly led to much wailing and gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over at Fox News. The first out of the gate is Bill O’Reilly who has applied his razor-sharp mind to diagnose the cause of the disaffection (those damn kids with their rap and drugs and permissive TV shows) and warn us as to where the US is headed if the trend is not reversed (to hell, duh!).
Without any trace of irony or self-awareness, he says that this is what happens when the people of a nation forget about the common good and only think about themselves. He then weirdly draws comparisons to the fall of the Roman Empire. It was kind of fun to see him in such despair.