This is a good opinion piece in the Charlotte Observer by an Englishman residing in the city. He states right up front that he likes the city and sees a great deal of promise for the future in it, but he has one reservation: the region’s religiosity.
To a foreigner like myself, it’s disturbing that a majority of Americans don’t believe in something as fundamental as evolution (in a CBS/New York Times poll, 55 percent said God created humans in their current form). This erosion of belief in science and rationality is especially troubling for a prosperous region such as ours. American action is vital if we are to defuse the looming crisis of global warming, and Charlotte’s rise as an emerging global city gives us special responsibilities to play a leading role in solving this challenge. But solutions will be impossible without informed debate based on rigorous science.
It’s a polite piece that makes a solid point, that common American attitudes about science and religion are becoming an obstacle to economic progress.