I was listening to NPR this morning, and heard a statistic that just made my jaw drop.
50% of Americans don’t believe in evolution, and another 14% have doubts about it, as it pertains to humans.
I was flabbergasted. I called Mr. Bean on the phone and started ranting.
“They can’t be serious about this! This has to be some incredibly biased poll! How did I miss this particular tidbit.”
“You were probably out back, planting Kale or something. You live in a nation of Christians. What do you expect?”
“Well, hell! I’m Christian, but I’m not brain dead! I can read a book as well as the next person.”
“Ah, my darling. The problem is that they’re all reading a different book than you. Besides, you’ve undoubtedly been paying attention to all that pesky fossil evidence that God left lying around on the Earth in order to test your faith.”
I have, of the last several years, believed with all my heart and soul that the forces calling for “Intelligent Design” to be taught in school were some small minority of the woefully uninformed. It seems that the woefully uninformed are, indeed, more likely to believe in creationism. Among those who have less than a high school education, more than 75% believe that we all were plopped down here, in our current form (along with all the animals and trees and bugs and whatnot) less than 10,000 years ago. Like God had one of those big Colorforms sets and said “Ooo! Let’s put the people here, next to the Wildebeests.” The numbers are reversed for folks who have attended some graduate school. They’re also reversed for basically every country in Europe, at all education levels.
But 50%???? Good gravy! Are we, as a people, that narcissistic to think that we’re the ultimate creation in the Universe??
Mr. Bean laughed. “They’re out there. They’re electing our representatives. They’re petitioning our school boards.”
Right after the Rush Limbaugh show is over, no doubt.
Seriously, I don’t know what to say.