New York Times Twists Pew Religion Study to Mock Christians As ‘Less Educated’ Than Other Religions

The New York times likes to make Christians look like stupid uneducated rubes, regardless of the actual data.

The New York Times wants you to know that Christians in America are dumb and uneducated compared to other religious groups, and there’s a Pew Research Center study to prove it.

Christians in U.S. Are Less Educated Than Religious Minorities, Report Says,” blared the headline of a Times story on the Pew report, which measures the education levels of religious groups around the world. TheFederalist

The Pew study is titled “Religion and Education Around the World — Large gaps in education levels persistent, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women.”   It actually shows that worldwide, Jews and Christians were the most educated, and Hindus and Muslims were the least.

The New York Times has a peculiar way of interpreting the Pew study.

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions.

The review was based on data from 2010 and was conducted by the Pew Research Center, which also found an education gap between men and women within religious groups. The researchers said the educational differences among the faiths were rooted in immigration policies that favor the educated, as well as in political, economic and historical factors…

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.  NYTimes

Damning headline first, explanation deep down:

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, he said. Eighty-seven percent of Hindus in the United States and 64 percent of Muslims were born overseas, compared with 14 percent of Christians, according to the report.  NYTimes

The irony is that if America loosened its immigration and refugee policies in ways that would make the paper happy, it would eventually no longer be able to mock American Christians as being the least educated religion, given the influx of lower-educated immigrants. Worldwide, there’s actually no such educational attainment gap for Christians.

The facts from the report are such a reversal from the headline and lead that one wonders what the point of the story was, besides a jab at American Christians. NewsBusters