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A new "park"

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Polls taken last year showed that 45 percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago (or less) and that man shares no common ancestor with the ape. Only 26 percent believe in the central tenet of evolution, that all life descended from a single ancestor.

Another poll showed that 65 percent of Americans want creationism taught alongside evolution.

Tell me these are some of those polls launched by fundies and spread mostly in their medias to curb the results.


Well otherwise I would comment, but it'd be harsh


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Sep. 28th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
Yeah well, it depends where they interrogated people... I know that where I used to live, no one thought like that except the crazies! ;-)
Sep. 28th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Apparently, in the North-American continent, heat isn't good for rational thinking ;)
Sep. 28th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it depends on where they took the survey.

In the midwest and the bible-belt, or other remote places, people are much more fundamentalist. On the northeast coast and on the west coast--things are much better. France is a Catholic country, right? How do most French people feel about these things?
Sep. 29th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
As far as I can tell, even Catholic people in France just laugh out loud at the idea of people denying evolution and taking seriously the Bible version of Creation...
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
Same here in Germany. Although we have a few extremely religious people, who take their children out of biology class or even out of school to prevent them being thaught darwinism or sex-education. But most people here think of this behaviour as being very strange and peculiar.

Well otherwise I would comment, but it'd be harsh
dito :-)
Sep. 30th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
That's the idea I got from my uncle, too. That things are more "rational" in Europe. You know, what I'm wondering. I'm wondering WHY things are so different in the US. After all, most of the the people who live in the US originally came *from* Europe. So why is it that they are so "religious" while Europeans are not?
Oct. 1st, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
Quite a bunch of the people who moved in US from Europe did so led (or encouraged) by their faith, so I think it plays a part.
A couple of communities that were widely represented in the beginning (Dutch, Irish, Italians...) had a strong religious history.

Also they were usually rather poor people who left their countries because they couldn't find jobs anymore there, and poor people are often more influenced by religion than richer, "more educated" people.

And a lot of those clung to their religion as part of their "cummunity identity", and included it in the funding principles of the country.

Which explains why there are a number of things in US that everyone takes for granted or considers as normal that give me shudders...
Oct. 1st, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a good explanation to me. Yes, I definitely learned that in my American literature/history classes, that the people immigrated here because of their religion. Many of the English colonists (The Puritans, the Quakers) were mocked and persecuted for their religious beliefs in Europe. So they came here. And I suppose poverty plays into that, as well.

One day, I'd like to make a comparison/contrast list about the US compared to Europe, just so I could better understand the differences. What specific things make you shudder?
Oct. 1st, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, religion is private, but almost everyone agrees on what has been "proved" with scientific evidences.
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