True chart crime fans, rejoice! For unto you a new atrocity is born:
We don’t mean to be blasphemous but, Christ on a bike.
Yes that is indeed Tucker Carlson there, all-American shock and outrage purveyor extraordinaire, having a rant during his Monday night FOX News show about how Christianity is collapsing in America, and about how vaccines and Covid-19 itself are becoming the new religion.
The rant is illustrated, as you can see, by a chart whose Y-axis mysteriously begins at 58 per cent, and ends at 78 per cent. Thus, a 15 per cent drop is transubstantiated into what looks something more like a 70 per cent one. Like water into wine, if you will.
We watched the full diatribe (which you can see for yourself here). It includes such morsels as:
Not so long ago this was an enthusiastically Christian country. As recently as 2009, 77 per cent of Americans told pollsters they considered themselves to be believing Christians. Then in just ten years, over the course of the Obama administration, that number dropped by twelve points.
Ah yes, it’s all the fault of Barack Hussein Obama, that famous *checks notes* practicing Christian.
Trump, of course, was in power for three of those ten years, but none of this could possibly be linked to him for, as we all know, the Bible is his favourite book:
It’s worth pointing out that a recent Gallup survey shows the trend of declining membership of churches, synagogues and mosques in the US — in place since half-way through the last century —actually steepened after Trump’s election, following a little upwards bump after Obama’s election:
We don’t mean to downplay the importance of the collapse in Christianity and religion more generally in the West — we actually think it is an extraordinarily significant phenomenon, not least in markets. For instance, it might help explain why pseudo-religions, such as crypto, have emerged in recent years, filling the vacuum left behind by traditional religious belief. And we even have sympathy for the idea that there are religious aspects to the vehemently pro-vaccine, pro-lockdown crew. As Carlson himself says: “Everybody believes in something; all of us are born with the need to worship.”
We just didn’t need him to commit a chart sin to illustrate the point.
Axes of evil – FT Alphaville