For McGregor and millions of other Christians, it is unnerving to live in a world where the sister of a despot is normalized and glamorized but a man of faith is considered “mentally ill.”
Since the beginning of the 1970s, people who sit in a pew every Sunday are decreasingly represented in the industries that control our popular culture, entertainment, media and politics. Part of the reason for this is demographics. While the United States is home to more Christians than any other country in the world, according to data compiled by Pew Research Center, and roughly 7 in 10 Americans identify with some branch of the Christian faith, the percentage of adults over 18 who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly 8 percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent in 2014. Unsurprisingly, residents of red states are more religious (Alabama is most religious at 77 percent), while people in the coastal states, where the bulk of our media and entertainment is created, are much less religious (Massachusetts is least religious at 33 percent).
This empathy gap often isolates people of faith as they are depicted as being odd, unhinged, outside the norm — or “clinging to their religion,” as Barack Obama once said on the campaign trail.