Monday, April 02, 2007

The Dark Ages

Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution; one-third (34 percent) of college graduates say they accept the Biblical account of creation as fact. Seventy-three percent of Evangelical Protestants say they believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years; 39 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 41 percent of Catholics agree with that view.

No, these are not the views of some backward, pre-industrial country. This is Newsweek reporting on the United States. Of the 34 countries polled, only Turkey ranked lower than the US in their acceptance of evolutionary biology.

We like to project ourselves as an advanced and enlightened nation when, in fact, were a nation of delusional morons who believe that an invisible bearded guy living in the sky created us out of a pile of dirt exactly in his image (except for the invisible part, I suppose). No wonder the US is lagging behind of the rest of the world in science research when half of the nation rejects the scientific principal outright.

You realize that when I posted about Get Medieval yesterday, I was talking about a comedic webcomic, right? It was not a suggestion that we reject the Age of Enlightenment, the Renaissance and five-hundred years of knowledge in favor of blatant, state-endorsed ignorance.

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