Monday, November 22, 2004

Poll: Creationism Trumps Evolution

(CBS) Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the vast majority says that even if they evolved, God guided the process. Just 13 percent say that God was not involved. But most would not substitute the teaching of creationism for the teaching of evolution in public schools.

The rejection of evolution by mainstream America isn't news, course. But what is interesting here is the fact that these self-proclaimed believers don't want the truth as they see it taught in school. That is a remarkable bit of cognitive dissonance. I cannot imagine saying, "I think evolution is supported by an overwhelming mountain of evidence, but I think my kids would be better off if you taught them a different theory based on a story written thousands of years ago and contradicted by every bit of scientific research accumulated over the last 500 years or so."


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