Millennials are triggered. Thousands are in the streets protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. While some of the demonstrators are no doubt paid operatives of the Left, many are simply members of America’s self-entitlement generation. And they are throwing a major league temper tantrum.
Since when do Americans protest and riot against the results of a FAIR election? Hasn’t anyone taught them how adults are supposed to behave when their candidate loses? Instead we have to hear nonsense about younger voters being “wounded” by Mr. Trump’s electoral victory. Describing the psyche of student protestors, Berkley High Principal Sam Pasarow told NBC News:
“They’re angry. They’re crying and they feel unsafe. There’s a great amount of solidarity.”
Fear. Anger. Unsafe. Despair. These are the emotions, the feelings, that reportedly are fueling the unrest. That seems to be the consensus of the Left, the Right, and the media.
I would like to suggest that there is another significant factor at play here: Hopelessness. We are seeing what a godless generation looks like. These demonstrations are the actions of a group of Americans who look to the state and to political causes to provide meaning and purpose.
Millennials (b. 1980-1995) were raised without the traditional, cultural, constructs of organized religion. As the Pew Research Center discovered with their 2014 Religuous Landscape Survey:
“Millennials – especially the youngest Millennials, who have entered adulthood since the first Landscape Study was conducted – are far less religious than their elders. For example, only 27% of Millennials say they attend religious services on a weekly basis, compared with 51% of adults in the Silent generation…Only about half of Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty, compared with seven-in-ten Americans in the Silent and Baby Boom cohorts. And only about four-in-ten Millennials say religion is very important in their lives, compared with more than half in the older generational cohorts.”
This is the generation of unaffiliation and unbelief. A staggering 25 percent of Americans born after 1980 are not religious, with half of those either atheist or agnostic at best.
While I’m not a fan of Senator John McCain (R-AZ), he made a salient point when running for the Republican nomination in 2000, one very applicable here. Sen. McCain often said that young people want to belong to something bigger than just themselves. The Millennials are no different, except (instead of a cause) they were handed an empty box by their parents. The very same boomers and Gen X parents complaining the loudest about these pampered protestors in the streets actually raised this godless generation! Even worse, they handed over the ideological formation of their children to college professors and Hollywood elites. The Left was happy to fill the void.
It’s a sad day when a generation looks to Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Hillary Clinton for their hope. It’s a scary time for a nation when a generation looks to politics for their purpose. The manifestation of this generational experiment of removing God and religion from the public square can be seen in the violence and destruction taking place today.
God help us.
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