"A Man's a Man for all that!" - Rabbie Burns
Feb 16, 2009
I have seen this information quoted on a couple of other blogs. DB makes some good points about it. In a way the results are not surprising because we already knew that in the US there are sizable numbers of people who reject the evidence of evolution because they feel that it clashes with their religious beliefs.
DB makes the very telling point that it is strange that the vast majority of Jews, those who actually "own" the Genesis account, seem to accept the evidence for evolution while the later oddball offshoot christian fundamentalist sects in the US don't. Clearly these sects consider that they know something about the Hebrew old testament that the people who actually own the texts don't. Arrogant or what?
These sects also seem to be in company with Muslims, although to their credit there are just under half of Muslims who obviously are able to handle reality.
Given the influence of evangelical protestantism in parts of the US the picture is still a depressing one. Here we have the supposedly most developed country in the world with large parts of it's population still either so uneducated or so blinded by their religion that they are unable to accept one of the most strongly evidenced theories in science.
As an Atheist I can of course look at this another way. In my experience the hold of anti-science religionists over many of their young people is a tenuous one. Information is freely available now on the Internet and school is not the only source by which people can access education. There are bound to be those within these communities who decide to look at the evidence for themselves and with an open mind. What they will find is a mountain of evidence on the side of science. Many of them will rightly conclude that they have been lied to by their elders. In the long term their strong anti-science and anti-evolution stance may yet come back to haunt these sects.