Monday, October 24, 2005

51% of Americans Say Man over Ape!

I just saw this article from CBS News over at AOL:

Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution

The same "majority" that gave Bush his political capital in 2004, no doubt?! (Some majority! 1%!)

From the article:
Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process. Just 15 percent say humans evolved, and that God was not involved.

These views are similar to what they were in November 2004 shortly after the presidential election.

Oh, those evil liberals...

Americans most likely to believe in only evolution are liberals (36 percent), those who rarely or never attend religious services (25 percent), and those with a college degree or higher (24 percent).

Oh, those "perfect" evangelicals and conservatives...

White evangelicals (77 percent), weekly churchgoers (74 percent) and conservatives (64 percent), are mostly likely to say God created humans in their present form.
Although I no longer pray to Jesus, I do pray to the universe for a day when critical thinking skills are unclouded by the religious rhetoric of snake oil salesmen peddling Jesus for dollars. I'm with John Lennon, paraphrasing here, "what Jesus said was all right, it's just the people who screwed it up."

Give science a chance, folks, and your faith will follow as guided by your own inner light!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post Vicki.

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2:11 PM  
Anonymous bbbustard said...

Well said Vicki. I think your first commenter was a little OT.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous cde said...

My father-in-law, a pastor, has this to say:

"Conflicts between science and religion can be like a collision between a locomotive and an ocean liner. If that happens, one of them is out of bounds."

This was part of an op-ed published in the Billings (MT) Gazette. You can read the whole thing here.

I'm very proud of him. :)

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trofim Lysenko, call your agent.

51% of Americans can reject evolution theory all they want; it won't save their asses when the influenza virus evolves into a form that can trigger the next big pandemic, as doctors around the world are fearing right now.

I've gotta wonder if the US is about to suffer the same ideological stall in biology that the USSR suffered due to the aforementioned charlatan's ideas becoming state policy.

5:45 PM  

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