By Alex Nitzberg
Did the New York Times just imply that American Christians are stupid?
The Media Research Center blasted a New York Times article titled “Christians in U.S. Are Less Educated Than Religious Minorities, Report Says,” calling the article’s title a “mocking headline.”
A study by Pew Research examining the educational attainment of people in different religions revealed that individuals identified as Christians achieve the second highest level of education worldwide (9.3 years), while Jews achieve the highest level of all religious groups (13.4 years).
Only 36% of Christians in the U.S. have a postsecondary education https://t.co/MdjK4Sr6fg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2016
While the Pew study revealed high educational levels for those identified as Christians throughout the world, the Times highlighted the following information in its report:
“There were 267 million Christians in the United States when the data was collected, but only 36 percent of them had a postsecondary education, including college or a vocational school, the researchers said. That made them the least-educated religious group in the country.”
“Jews in the United States were more than twice as likely as Christians to have a postsecondary degree, and Hindus were almost three times as likely, Pew said. Buddhists, Muslims and those who said they were religiously unaffiliated were also more likely to have a college degree than those who identified themselves as Christians.”
The Times also pointed out that Christians, “…in North America had 12.7 years of schooling on average, higher than the average of 9.3 years among Christians globally.”
Citing Conrad Hackett of Pew Research, the Times noted, “That is largely a byproduct of immigration policies that favor highly educated and highly skilled applicants who have the financial means to set up life in a new country.”
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Allowing more open immigration in the United States would allow less educated migrants to enter, and the New York Times “…would eventually no longer be able to mock American Christians as being the least educated religion, given the influx of lower-educated immigrants,” The Media Research Center asserted.
Many people on Twitter attacked the New York Times:
@nytimes it’s so obvious the agenda to degrade Christianity. I really think the media is playing with fire, or, consciously dividing people
— Djobo Kuwali (@DjoboKuwali) December 13, 2016
@nytimes The article says worldwide, Muslims are the least educated, but notice how NYT DARE not put that as a headline so libs can get smug
— HACK-PROOF BB8 (@bb8_wins) December 13, 2016
@nytimes @liamstack And you wonder why no one reads your rag
— mhutch1 (@marniehutchinso) December 13, 2016
@nytimes is a propaganda machine. No credibility.
— La Luna ✨ (@moon2moonlight) December 13, 2016
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