US experiments with intellectual devolution

US tea party and religious nutjobs are celebrating that their campaign to turn the US into Christian Saudi Arabia appears to be working.

The latest figures from the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project show that a third of Americans reject the idea of evolution. They insist, against all evidence, that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” Pew said in a statement.

This is a change from 2009 when more accepted that animals were subject to the laws of evolution but humans were not.

According to researcher Cary Funk, a Pew senior researcher who conducted the analysis, the change has come amongst people calling themselves Republicans. Apparently, these are less likely to believe that humans have evolved over time.

Republicans are generally getting thicker and less likely to accept science. The report shows that 43 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats say humans have evolved over time, compared with 54 percent and 64 percent respectively four years ago.

As you might expect, among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants topped the list of those rejecting evolution, with 64 percent of those polled saying they believe humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. This has been a standard belief for about a century.

A quarter of those surveyed told Pew “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things”. This is even weirder. It means that there is a large slice of the US public which does not believe in evolution but does not believe that god created everything either.