Answer: 1) There’s a lot of blood, and 2) You wonder why anybody pays any attention to mainstream religious journalism.
The Secular Industrial Establishment’s publishing arm (whether through malice or wish-fulfillment) routinely displays headlines which make anti-religious assertions not backed up by the data. It is natural that we trust headlines pretty spontaneously. It is hard to estimate how much public doubt rests on this spurious “evidence.” Add to that the confident bombasticism of Ivory Tower types and hoi polloi begin to get misleading evidence that religion is somehow intellectually deficient. And those rebels who don’t accept the headlines or the talking heads are branded as Neanderthals and assimilated to the Grand Secular Narrative.