January 1, 2014
NO ONE BELIEVES IN THE tHEORY:
Poll: Republicans doubt the Theory of Evolution (Joel Connelly, 12/30/13, SeattlePI.com)
The Theory of Evolution received a big boost 90 years ago in the Scopes Trial, in which a young Tennessee teacher was tried for having introduced the views of Charles Darwin to his students. But Darwin has his doubters among Republicans in 21st Century America.Just 43 percent of self-identified Republicans in America believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time, according to a newly released Pew Research Center poll. The figure has fallen sharply from 54 percent in a similar survey taken in 2009.
Misunderstanding the Theory causes these stories to radically understate the level of skepticism in America. Once you remove from the Believers those who think evolution is a guided process or, at least, that evolution begins after a Creation event, the number is de minimus for the entire citizenry, not just Republicans. Indeed, the number falls so low that it is fair to consider those who believe in The Theory as something of a cult..
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2014 8:50 AM