Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Who Needs Science When You Have Faith?

Is the United States losing its edge in science? That's what many experts fear.

No one should be surprised by this. Currently over a million kids--2.2% of school age children--are home schooled. And it's a safe bet that many parents who opt for home schooling do so for religious reasons.

When kids are taught that the world is only 6,000 years old and that people used to ride dinosaurs like horses, you end up with adults who are intellectually incapable of questioning why the world works the way it does. They no longer use the power of reasoning, instead accepting things on blind faith. That's why you have grown ups who seriously think that hurricanes and earthquakes are God's punishment for being tolerant of gays.

Here's a truly frightening statistic: 55% of all Americans think that God created humans in their present form. That's in addition to having a President who once said the jury was till out on evolution. And in a debate last winter, four of the seven Republican candidates said they believed in intelligent design.

We also have political leaders who are totally and completely oblivious to the climate changes taking place in the world around us, and say that global warming is some kind of myth.

So is it any wonder that we have lost our edge in science?

Sadly no, it's not.

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