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  • The Scriptorium

    8/17/2005

    Creationists and I.D. proponents in the majority… SERIOUSLY!

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 9:25 pm

    Court cases over advisory labels in science textbooks and debates over whether or not to teach intelligent design in public schools have resulted in loud public discourse over the question of Darwinian evolution. In one corner stand creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design (I.D. purports that the design found in nature is evidence of a creator, but I.D. does not label the creator). In the other corner are evolutionists. The latter camp has become so dogmatic about their doctrine of evolution that they bitterly and loudly shout down the former group as religious nuts, quacks, and fringe fanatics. After President Bush opined that public school students should be exposed to the I.D. debate in addition to evolution, newspaper editorial pages were filled with commentaries and letters-to-the-editor shrieking about the “fringe” element that refuses to believe in evolution. I fear many people are beginning to believe that creationists and I.D. proponents ARE in a minority. However, this is simply not true, as a recent Harris Poll reveals. This poll, conducted in mid-June, reveals that evolutionists are actually in the minority. Some of the questions follow….

    “Do you think human beings developed from earlier species or not?”
    Did: 38%
    Did not: 54%
    Unsure: 8%

    “Do you believe apes and man have a common ancestry or not?”
    Do: 46%
    Do not: 47%
    Unsure: 7%

    “Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement. Darwin’s theory of evolution is proven by fossil discoveries.”
    Agree: 46%
    Disagree: 48%
    Unsure: 6%

    “Which of the following do you believe about how human beings came to be? Human beings evolved from earlier species. Human beings were created directly by God. Human beings are so complex that they required a powerful force or intelligent being to help create them.”
    Evolved From Earlier Species: 22%
    Created Directly By God: 64%
    Powerful Force/Intelligent Being: 10%
    Unsure: 4%

    “Regardless of what you may personally believe, which of these do you believe should be taught in public schools?”
    Evolution Only: 12%
    Creationism Only: 23%
    Intelligent Design Only: 4%
    All three: 55%
    None: 3%
    Unsure: 3%

    This poll of 1000 adults nationwide has a margin of error of +/- 3%

    Hello politicians? Are you paying attention? Only 12% of American adults favor the current practice of teaching only evolution in schools. It turns out the “fringe element” is actually in the majority! That being so, why do we seem so quiet on this issue? We’re behaving like a minority, rather than the majority! The “fringe” evolutionists will argue that those with scientific education are the minority who support evolution, and the majority is simply uneducated. They neglect the fact that there are MANY intelligent people – many with advanced scientific degrees – who support creationism or I.D. Yet the dogmatic evolutionists resist any attempts to even teach school children of some of the scientific evidence AGAINST evolution! What are they afraid of? They’re afraid, I’m convinced, of admitting the possibility that they’ll have to answer to a creator one day. It’s sad, but in this current debate, we must act like the majority we are and lobby our education boards and legislators to allow for a greator educational diversity on theories of origins. In the 1925 Scopes trial, ACLU lawyer Clarence Darrow said, “It is the height of bigotry to teach only one view of origins.” Well, the current practice is to teach only one view of origins – evolution. Where is the ACLU now? It’s up to us to buck the status quo!

    Harris Poll

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