church has pushed many away
Clergy have also at times miscalculated. Some believe that religion in schools was one such miscalculation. They argue it's better to have fewer committed Christians than a motley mass of randoms pupils forced to be a captive audience duirng religon class.
But, all in all, nothing has pushed more young people away from religion, the family, ethical conduct and general human decency than COMMERPOP - that cheap, tacky commercial popculture that bombards us all 24/7.
It has replaced authorities with film and sport stars, assorted celebrities and other passing idols and replaced genuine traditions with passing fads and crazes. It has reduced culture to action films, sitcoms, soap operas, romantic comedies, tabloidised media and computer games and replaced music with various forms of pop-noise (metal, techno, hiphop, etc.).
Commerpop is so successful because few thinking people take the time to step back and view it all in broader perspective, analysing its causes and effects and weighing its pros and cons. Its biggest defenders, of course, are those who've got a finger in that multi-billion-dollar pie and totally disregard the damage commerpop has caused to individuals, their families, societies and human civilisation in general.