america the completely imbecilic

Sometimes I wonder why I live in America, and at the same time I wonder about whether America will stay as a major power. Both wonderings come to the same conclusion. There are too many nutjobs in the country, and if it keeps going along this track it’s going to fall very fast. From our local paper (and New York Times):

“In a finding that is likely to intensify the debate over what to teach students about the origins of life, a poll released Tuesday found that nearly 66 percent of Americans say that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools.

The poll found that 42 percent of respondents hold strict creationist views, agreeing that ‘living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.’

In contrast, 48 percent said they believed that humans had evolved over time; of those, 18 percent said that evolution was ‘guided by a supreme being,’ and 26 percent said it occurred through natural selection.

In all, 64 percent said they were open to the idea of teaching creationism in addition to evolution, while 38 percent favored replacing evolution with creationism.

The poll was conducted July 7 to 17 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The questions about evolution were asked of 2,000 people; the margin of error is 2.5 percentage points.”

The italics are mine because I just can’t believe that anybody could believe that. I just don’t understand how. And as for the first line of the report, it should have nothing to do with any debate about what to teach students. If it’s a science class, teach science. Simple as that.

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