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Thread #123606   Message #2723602
Posted By: artbrooks
14-Sep-09 - 04:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: Evolution ... or perhaps not ...
Subject: RE: BS: Evolution ... or perhaps not ...
60% believe in creationism? Now, I didn't see that poll, and I'm not all that interested in looking it up, but I did read the entire link - which says that a quarter of Americans say they don't believe in evolution and 36% don't give a shit. That is a fer piece from "60% believe in creationism". One can always find a poll to prove just about anything. For example, the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey said that the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as "Christian" (all types) had declined from 86% to 71% since 1990, while the number of absolute nonbelievers had increased from 9% to 15%. A lot of those Christians are true Bible literalists, but a lot are also what we tend to call "Christmas and Easter Christians" - that's the only time they go to church, and it is much more of a social thing for them than anything else. The fastest growing religious identification, according to this survey, was Wiccan.

I was struck by this quote from the director of the film: "It's quite difficult for we in the UK to imagine religion in America. We live in a country which is no longer so religious. But in the US, outside of New York and LA, religion rules.   It does? Not in any part of the US that I've ever lived, and I've been all over. No, I'd suggest that the reason they can't find a distributer is that, first, most Americans could care less about Darwin and, second, most people who go to movies prefer such high-class fare as The X-Men and Teenage Ninja Cheerleaders.