Young People Praise Vaping but Wish Christianity Would Go Up in Smoke
Certain millennials and Gen Zers have been making their rather questionable ideas on tobacco and religion clear lately
A recent study conducted by the journal Tobacco Control found that 63 percent of the young people they surveyed did not believe there was any nicotine in Juuls, one of the most popular vaping pens on the market today.
This, of course, false; all vape juices contain nicotine, and many of them have more of the addictive substance than traditional cigarettes, according to Veppo.com.
Yet this misconception held by the younger generations has led to a rise in the use of vape pens. In 2017, more high school students were vaping (16.6 percent) on a regular basis than were smoking cigarettes (9.7 percent), drugabuse.gov reported.
Friday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham discussed the troubling topic with EWTN News Managing Editor Raymond Arroyo — and they agreed this negative trend could lead to problems for America’s young people.
“Everyone’s getting ready for the big push for national legalized marijuana, so the vape shops are getting ready,” Ingraham said.
Arroyo agreed with that assessment and expressed concern that minors are able to buy vaping paraphernalia.
"This is a precursor to get them ready to put other substances into that vape," he said.
"They're not even supposed to be selling this to people who are under 18."
Speaking of strange ideas, a group known as Impact Movement co-sponsored an event at Ohio's Kent State University earlier this week called "Is Christianity the White Man's Religion?" The event attracted more than 100 students, Fox News reported.
The event was also co-sponsored by UHURU Magazine, a derivative of Black United Students.
"Christianity is, in fact, a white man's religion due to identity politics that make humans subconsciously assign certain cultures to different groups," asserted Sho Baraka, a hip-hop artist and co-founder of the social justice-focused AND Campaign, at the event, according to The Kent Conservative and other outlets.
Bakara also said, "One of the greatest problems with Christianity is that it's seen as a personal relationship with God. The problem is that Christianity has the means to create systems and structures that only benefit people of a certain hue."
On top of those troubling assertions, Vince Bantu, a professor of missiology at Covenant Theological Seminary, said Jesus was a "Palestinian Jew living in an oppressive state under an oppressive regime." He said this led to Christianity's being used as an "oppressive ideology" and that "we must decolonize against this privileged theology."
For starters, the five countries in the world with the most Christians are on four different continents, as Pew Forum has noted. The United States (246,780,000 Christians) and Mexico (107,870,000 Christians) are in North America; Brazil (175,770,000 Christians) is in South America; the Philippines (86,790,000 Christians) is a part of Asia; and Nigeria (80,510,000 Christians) has a strong Christian presence in Africa.
The Kent State University administration, by the way, said it did not sponsor the above-noted event, nor did it authorize the use of its logo on promotional flyers, as Campus Reform reported. The event was organized by student groups.
In general, it appears some young people want to use more nicotine and pray less — although nicotine negatively impacts health, and a lack of praying and prayer is also detrimental to one's happiness.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.