Devolving GOP

The United States ranks 33rd in the world in acceptance in the scientific notion of evolution. Yes, 33rd! Just ahead of the Turks but behind Cyprus and Latvia. In  a 2005 survey adults were asked to respond to the statement: “Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals.” Only 40% of U.S. citizens responded, true.

In 2013 another survey asked, “Humans and other living things have evolved over time.” Only 43% of those who identified as Republicans agreed. This was down from 54% in 2009. An 11% decline in 4 years.

Among Democrats 67% answered true while 65% of Independents agreed. Pew’s researchers said party differences remained when other factors — such as the racial and ethnic composition of the political groups, and religious and educational background — were taken into account.

The takeaway: Republicans are devolving whereas most of America is evolving.

Any surprises?

Any correspondence to religious beliefs?

The Texas Board of Education is in its usual fight over evolution with conservative Christians demanding that ‘creationism’ is included in biology books.  Bill Nye, The Science Guy, made a video denouncing teaching children this fallacy.  Enjoy.

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14 thoughts on “Devolving GOP

  1. I believe that after much argument the Texas Board of Education voted to
    accept the school textbook for the scientific basis of evolution.

    1. You are correct:

      A review panel for the Texas State Board of Education has approved a biology textbook that had been criticized by Creationists for alleged factual errors.[factual errors!!!]

      Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute told Dallas Morning News in November that he took issue with the Pearson biology textbook.

      “[The textbook] will leave students in the dark about contemporary mainstream scientific controversies over Darwinian evolution,” said Meyer.

      “Unfortunately, because Texas is a major purchaser of textbooks, the board’s action may have an adverse impact on science education across America for years to come.”

      SURE it will! Adverse truth??

      Pathetic.

      Here is the last line of the article:

      According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 46 percent of Americans believe God created mankind within the past 10,000 years without any evolutionary aid.

  2. What does it say about the Biblical South? Not much. It still remains intact and pitiful.

    Just watched Netflix, Ghosts of Mississippi (Medgar Evers murder). Happened in your neck of The South. Pitiful that blacks there can’t organize themselves well enough to defeat the white racists- the ones Mrs. Evers said will always be around.

    Do they enjoy remaining 2nd class? Does the Bible make them too humble to organize for freedom? Are the Ghosts still haunting?

    In the film they said, “But this is 1990!” as if they had come so far. Well, my friend, it’s 2014 and white folks still are in charge.

    I paraphrase the title of a famous book, “What’s the Matter with Mississippi?” There are 37% black in MS and 58% white- the highest in the nation. But blacks represent only 28% of the MS Legislature. Why?

  3. “it’s 2014 and white folks still are in charge.”

    WRONG! Jackson city government is overwhelmingly black. There is no
    white in charge of Evers’ Jackson. Moreover, Jackson’s U.S. House Rep
    is black, is Toledo’s?

    As to your last ridiculous question, have you ever heard of gerrymandering?
    Why do you insist in looking at other backyards and not your own?

    You know, reading or watching a Hollywood movie do not make one an
    authority. One does not have knowledge of a place without being there
    and pressing the flesh. You are giving merely opinion and nothing
    substantive from first hand experience,

    1. Toledo black representative? No, but the mayor was. As Toledo has a black population of 27% whereas Jackson is 79%, how could we have a black congressman especially when there are suburbs included in our congressional district?

      I’m speaking of what you decry in your comments- that you cannot get your local democratic party to expand, to innovate, to communicate with The People there.

      Somehow you have taken my comments to be a personal attack on the state. Odd.

      I’m merely looking for ways for you to break through the gridlock that you face when you atttempt to suggest new ideas,

      1. I don’t see that, you do nothing but make personal attacks on MS or Jackson and have never set foot in either to support your cherry picked
        facts. Where are the suggestions of breaking through the gridlock”?

  4. Hello Muddy & Uptheflag,
    Loved the Bill Bye piece!
    I want to pass on the Republican Robert Ingersoll quotes from the “Golden Age of Freethought,”

    On Religion:
    “They knew that to put God in the constitution was to put man out. They knew that the recognition of a Deity would be seized upon by fanat. s and zealots as a pretext for destroying the liberty of thought. They knew the terrible history of the church too well to place in her keeping or in the keeping of her God the sacred rights of man. They intended that all should have the right to worship or not to worship that our laws should make no distinction on account of creed. They intended to found and frame a government for man and for man alone. They wished to preserve the individuality of all to prevent the few from governing the many and the many from persecuting and destroying the few.”

    Defining the meaning of the Declaration of Independence:
    The Declaration of Independence announces the sublime truth, that all power comes from the people. This was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others. It was the first grand assertion of the dignity of the human race. It declared the governed to be the source of power, and in fact denied the authority of any and all gods. Through the ages of slavery, through the weary centuries of the lash and chain, God was the acknowledged ruler of the world. To enthrone man, was to dethrone God.
    As far as many today making the incorrect claim that our founding fathers created this country as a Christian Nation, the facts noted from the period of “The Golden Age Of Freethought” demonstrates that this is not the case.

    This was the time when the Republican Party took pride as the “Critical Thinking Man’s Party.”. Unfortunately this is not the case today and my family’s 150 legacy has been shamed.

    1. “This was the time when the Republican Party took pride as the “Critical Thinking Man’s Party.”

      Yes it was! There is a creek south of Toledo named the Rocky Ford. Some decades ago UptheFlag and I passed over it and a lightbulb went off. What a great presidential ticket: Nelson Rockefeller and Gerald Ford.

      Can you imagine where those two men would rank in today’s GOP??

      1. And another time we sent a telegram to the Ohio delegation at the 1968
        GOP Convention in Miami, asking them to cast their votes to Romney.
        When the charges came on the phone bill, I caught holy hell! Well, so did
        you in abstentia, lol!

        1. We sent it to the GOP Governor of OH. Voinyvitch? Who sent the state
          militia to Kent State U to fire on innocent students and campus people.

  5. The second evening of the biblical seminar saw fewer people in attendance.
    NFL football playoffs? Your question on freedom and the bible appears to be involved in the seminar, but let me give a summary of last night’s
    presentation.

    First, the one liner zingers that has the crowd giving amens, etc:e top
    “We are children to god purchased by the blood of jesus Christ; all
    answers are in the bible; Christ is the star of revelations; god never
    punishes without warning first; jesus Christ gives eternal life(this raised
    the roof); You can take god’s word to the bank; the bible is the truth of
    yesterday, today, and tomorrow; the bible is the unveiling of god’s plan.”

    Then we went into the topic, On the Verge of the Apocalypse. He says their are six signs that the “A” is near. First is POLITICAL, war and nation against nation. Shows Jesus is coming soon. This will “devolve” into
    Armageddon. Jesus hasn’t come yet, because he wants to save more people. Politics is corrupt. Look at New Jersey. The only answer is
    the coming kingdom of god that will create true peace, check Joel 2:30, which predicts the atomic bomb

  6. BTW, my “favorite” show, MH-P has on the Dem black candidate for secretary just said that Ohio is no different than NC and TX in passing new jim crow laws. The lesson, get to work in ohio

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