I know that the evolution/creationism battle has been somewhat overplayed on this site, but this article pointed out to me from Emma really got me going. Jon Miller of Michigan State University in East Lansing conducted a survey of 32 European countries along with the US and Japan. The survey consisted of one very simple question… "Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals: true or false?" Click the pic to see the full chart.

Evolution ChartOut of those 34 countries, Turkey was the only country that less willingly accepted Evolution than the US. Now I’m not going to rip on Turkey, but I don’t see that as a positive thing with respects to religious fundamentalism. I don’t see this particular story as strictly a creationism/evolution argument anymore. What I see is a battle between "healthy" religious beliefs and religious fundamentalism. I see it as an article that shows what countries base beliefs on faith and not fact. I see it as an article that shows the effects of politicizing religion for the gain of a country’s political party and not the greater good of that country’s people. I see it as a tool to control people and divide them.

Honestly, as I read this over I have a difficult time commiting the changes. This to me is just another step towards becoming a nation of fundmentalists, much like the nations that the US is at war with. The only difference is that we are on one side and they on the other. And as far as I’m concerned, both are wrong. I’ve always felt that far left is just as bad as far right. To me life is all about moderation and being tilted either way is unhealthy.

I know I’m slightly rambling on, but I honestly feel this is a warning sign. when I read things like this..

American adults may be harder to reach: nearly two-thirds don’t agree that more than half of human genes are common to chimpanzees.

…I get a little nervous. Is it time to push the panic button, or should we just close our eyes and hope it’s just a bad dream? Or has gasmonso just had too much wine to drink?

BONUS QUESTION: Where did I get the inspiration for this topic’s title?

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