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Jan 09 2014

Knight: Fighting Evolution = Conservative Revival

Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union (god, they do love their acronyms that sound like ACLU) thinks that a poll that shows 60% of Americans accept human evolution proves that there would be a “conservative revival” if Republicans started attacking evolution more.

A recently published Pew Research study finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe Darwin’s theory of evolution is correct has dropped 11 percent in the last few years…

Robert Knight is a senior fellow/executive director at the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times. He isn’t surprised at the results.

“Evolution is at the core of a left-wing, secular, humanist worldview that has been breathing down everybody’s necks in America for years [and telling us that] the best we can do is empower government to make our decisions for us,” he offers. “That leads to terrible things like socialism and communism and fascism and Nazism and the more extreme forms of liberalism in this country.”…

“The Republicans have a great opportunity to say Look, we’ve witnessed the collapse of a lot of lies that liberals have told over the years, and now we’re questioning evolution more than ever as a basis for people’s worldviews,” Knight suggests. “So the dynamics are fascinating – and I think they could add up to an enormous conservative revival in this country.”

Maty is clearly not Knight’s strongsuit. That Pew survey shows that Americans accept human evolution by a margin of 60-33. How exactly does that add up to a winning political strategy? It will make 57% of Republicans happy, but it won’t help you win elections.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    Spelling Nazi here. Math, not Maty.

  2. 2
    richardelguru

    “Evolution is at the core of a left-wing, secular, humanist worldview…”

    That’s true, of course the rest is absolute crappy crap!

  3. 3
    raven

    Evolution is at the core of a left-wing, secular, humanist worldview that has been breathing down everybody’s necks in America for years

    Longer than that. It started with the Enlightment, 3 or 4 centuries ago. This clown is on the wrong side of history.

    Some people trace it back to the Black Death Yersina pestis plague of 1348. Which killed half the people in Europe. This doesn’t quite show the full horror of it, in some places everyone died.

    That was the beginning of the end for the church. A lot of people thought for good reasons that it was the Apocalypse. It wasn’t. Jesus never showed up. And god and jesus didn’t do anything to stop it either. Imaginary beings only have imaginary power.

    Ironically these days, the descendants of that plague are still around, even here in California. It’s never going to happen again because of….modern medicine and science. Science 1, religion 0.

  4. 4
    Modusoperandi

    Wrong target.
    The “Theory” of Evolution is the core, but the “Theory” of Gravity is the foundation.

  5. 5
    Donovan

    [Liberals say] the best we can do is empower government to make our decisions for us,” he offers. “That leads to terrible things like socialism and communism and fascism and Nazism and the more extreme forms of liberalism in this country.”

    I know I am god damned sick and tired of those asshat libtards telling me when, why, and how I can have sex, who I can have sex with, who I can marry, what sort of imaginary friend is acceptable, what movies can I watch at what time of day and what is allowed to be shown in a movie, what words can be uttered on TV (seven of them are a no-go I hear), and what I’m allowed to smoke or drink, or if I can drink it on they day they spend with their imaginary friend. I’m glad the conservatives are against any such government interference.

    We all want government to force people to behave in a certain way. We just all want it to force them to do what we think is right and necessary. The trick is being willing to test our beliefs of what is right and necessary against reality.

  6. 6
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    A recently published Pew Research study finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe Darwin’s theory of evolution is correct has dropped 11 percent in the last few years…

    That leads me to suspect that the rational people who believe in evolution are abandoning the Republican party, presumably because of it’s anti-science stance on so many issues. It’s unlikely some Republicans have simply changed their mind and stopped believing evolution.

    Evolution is at the core of a left-wing, secular, humanist worldview that has been breathing down everybody’s necks in America for years [and telling us that] the best we can do is empower government to make our decisions for us,

    Evolution tells us to be Authoritarian? News to me…

    “That leads to terrible things like socialism and communism and fascism and Nazism and the more extreme forms of liberalism in this country.”

    “That leads to [scary thing 1] and [the extreme of scary thing 1] and [scary thing 2, which is the opposite of scary thing 1] and [the extreme of scary thing 2], and [completely unrelated thing].”

    Bloody hell. A non sequitur followed by a huge list of false equivalencies, all wrapped up in an Appeal to Fear. Logic not this guy’s strong point, huh?

  7. 7
    julial

    I haven’t explored the reason for:

    the percentage of Republicans who believe Darwin’s theory of evolution is correct has dropped 11 percent in the last few years…

    but couldn’t that just mean that more of the sane people who do accept common descent have left the party?

  8. 8
    julial

    Oops…. Thumper said the same thing.
    Sorry.

  9. 9
    dingojack

    Julial, Thumper – perhaps it’s simply that PoG IQ has plummeted.

    ;) Dingo

  10. 10
    D. C. Sessions

    That Pew survey shows that Americans accept human evolution by a margin of 60-33. How exactly does that add up to a winning political strategy? It will make 57% of Republicans happy, but it won’t help you win elections.

    It’s a good formula for winning Republican primaries, and in most States that’s the only election that counts.

  11. 11
    Doug Little

    julial,

    No need to be sorry,

  12. 12
    abb3w

    @7, julial

    but couldn’t that just mean that more of the sane people who do accept common descent have left the party?

    That would line up with the recent Gallup numbers on the decreasing percentage of Americans who identify as Republicans. When I was playing with both the Pew and Gallup numbers for a little bit with a spreadsheet, that looked like that would explain most of the shifts.

    However, not all. There also are marginal (threshold of significance) increases in the net support for creationism in the overall population and in the Independents, which would require an additional explanatory factor. Obvious possibilities include residual (creationist) Dixiecrats continuing to trickle out from the Democrats into Independent status; and/or the GOP shedding some of the extreme Tea Party types who consider it too liberal, preferring the Constitution party. The latter could potentially explain both overall and independent shifts, if non-Creationist teabaggers were changing position to conform to their new identity.

    Contrariwise, it’s possible with some modest smidge of luck that some of the overall/independent shift might just be sampling artifacts.

  13. 13
    Ichthyic

    “That leads to terrible things like socialism and communism and fascism and Nazism and the more extreme forms of liberalism in this country.”…

    this person is very confused and needs a doctor.

  14. 14
    freehand

    Ichthyic: “That leads to terrible things like socialism and communism and fascism and Nazism and the more extreme forms of liberalism in this country.”…

    this person is very confused and needs a doctor.

    And an encyclopedia. But he will probably see a homeopath and read from the bible.

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