US Trails World In Accepting Evolution

A survey published in Science finds that the United States ranks 33 out of 34 countries studied on acceptance of evolution. At least we beat Turkey. (Hat tip to Stranger Fruit via The Lippard Blog and Panda’s Thumb.) Still doubt we are in danger of becoming a theocracy?

Update: Since I originally posted this on Thursday, there has been increased coverage. LiveScience unsurprisingly finds this to be due to a combination of ignorance of basic science and the spread of fundamentalist religious beliefs. The problem is worse in the United States due to American fundamentalists interpreting the bible more literally:

The analysis found that Americans with fundamentalist religious beliefs—defined as belief in substantial divine control and frequent prayer—were more likely to reject evolution than Europeans with similar beliefs. The researchers attribute the discrepancy to differences in how American Christian fundamentalist and other forms of Christianity interpret the Bible.While American fundamentalists tend to interpret the Bible literally and to view Genesis as a true and accurate account of creation, mainstream Protestants in both the United States and Europe instead treat Genesis as metaphorical, the researchers say.

“Whether it’s the Bible or the Koran, there are some people who think it’s everything you need to know,” Miller said. “Other people say these are very interesting metaphorical stories in that they give us guidance, but they’re not science books.”

There is further discussion at Pharyngula which puts the blame on the Republican Party.

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  1. 1
    janet says:

    This makes me want to tear my hair out!

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    None says:

    Good for America. I hope the trend continues.

  3. 3
    Dave from Princeton says:

    Huh? Are you saying you hope that the trend of ignorance and fundamentalism continues in this country? If so, you must really hate this country to favor the American Taliban’s eagerness to race to the bottom and back to the dark ages. 🙁

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Gee Dave, someone must stand up for the side of ignorance. What would happen to all of the ignorant views being expressed in this country if there was nobody to defend them? 🙂

    Next you’re going to attack the flat earthers.

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    oncall says:

    With numbers lke that I wonder why I don’t move to Bulgaria where the truly enlightened masses live.

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