Poll Shows Majority of Americans Doubt Scientific Facts
According to a recent AP-GfK poll, a majority of Americans (51 percent) still question the Big Bang. Americans are also still skeptical about the science underlying climate change, evolution, and the age of the Earth. These results are obviously disconcerting. Instead of reflecting actual doubt in the scientific community — for which there is virtually none on these issues — the poll reflects the success of a small group of small-minded individuals.
“Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley. Robert Lefkowitz, a 2012 Nobel Prize winner in biochemistry and professor at Duke University, also sees “the force of concerted campaigns to discredit scientific fact” as a reason for the poll’s results.
One way to battle these concerted campaigns by special-interest groups is through education programs. The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is working to bring climate education to 12 million high school students by 2020. But ACE is fighting an uphill battle according to their founder Michael Haas. Groups in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona have actually pushed bills to require teaching climate change denial in schools. And the news just gets worse. A recent Politico article reported that taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year for schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology, and cosmology is a web of lies.
Given the dismal state of our education system, it’s no surprise that special-interest groups are having such an easy time misleading Americans.
Religious leaders must take on the burden of guiding their sheep back to the flock. They must clarify — loudly and repeatedly — that the age of the Earth, evolution, the Big Bang, and climate change are all compatible with God. The Vatican has already said that the Church is open to the scientific theory that the world began from a cosmic explosion billions of years ago. And Evangelical scientists have accepted climate change as a scientific fact. But this needs to be stated again and again. It needs to be said every time a special-interest group tries to make a religious argument for science mis-education.
In the end, it’s important for Americans to remember that Christianity does not require its believers to be dumb. Many Christians believe in God, follow the Bible, and understand science. And it is these Christians that give us faith in America’s future, even with the dismal results of the AP-GfK poll.
News Source: Huffington Post
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