TV Tends to Slam Religion, Contends Study

NEW YORK, DEC. 22, 2004 ( Television entertainment programs mention God more often than they did in the mid-1990s but tend to depict organized religion negatively, says a new study.

The Parents Television Council watched every hour of prime time on the broadcast networks during the 2003-04 season and counted 2,344 treatments of religion, the Associated Press reported.

The council judged 22% of the mentions positive, 24% negative and the rest neutral.

References to religion were three times more frequent than found in the group’s last study, released in 1997.