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Lyrics of Many Secular Songs Are Detrimental to Character Development

The University of Pittsburgh did a study a couple of years ago where they examined 279 of the top songs on the radio in 2005. They ONLY looked at references to drugs and alcohol but what they found is instructive:

• Gangster rapsters – spoke favorably of these items in 80% of their songs

• Country music had 37% of its music praising the wonders of alcohol.

• Rhythm and Blues followed with 20%

• Rock had 14% of its songs praising drugs and alcohol

• And Pop music had 7%

(University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published in the “Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine”)

And that’s just the references in popular music praising drugs and alcohol.

The scholars of this study didn’t examine the songs that told of sexual immorality, vengeance and greed. And they didn’t consider the vast number of songs that were filled with hopelessness and despair.

From a sermon by Jeff Strite, B Joyful, 11/15/2009

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