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Survey Backs Creationism

September 1st, 2005 Visited 954 times, 1 so far today

What starts out as a fair article talking about the support in this nation takes a turn toward bias. First, look at the fair portion:

In a finding that is likely to intensify the debate over what to teach students about the origins of life, a poll released yesterday found that nearly two-thirds of Americans say that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools.

The poll found that 42 percent of respondents held strict creationist views, agreeing that “living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”

In contrast, 48 percent said they believed that humans had evolved over time. But of those, 18 percent said that evolution was “guided by a supreme being,” and 26 percent said that evolution occurred through natural selection. In all, 64 percent said they were open to the idea of teaching creationism in addition to evolution, while 38 percent favored replacing evolution with creationism.

The poll was conducted July 7-17 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The questions about evolution were asked of 2,000 people. The margin of error was 2.5 percentage points.

And now, the bias:

John C. Green, a senior fellow at the Pew Forum, said he was surprised to see that teaching both evolution and creationism was favored not only by conservative Christians, but also by majorities of secular respondents, liberal Democrats and those who accept the theory of natural selection. Mr. Green called it a reflection of “American pragmatism.”

“It’s like they’re saying, ‘Some people see it this way, some see it that way, so just teach it all and let the kids figure it out.’ It seems like a nice compromise, but it infuriates both the creationists and the scientists,” said Mr. Green, who is also a professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Eugenie C. Scott, the director of the National Center for Science Education and a prominent defender of evolution, said the findings were not surprising because “Americans react very positively to the fairness or equal time kind of argument.”

“In fact, it’s the strongest thing that creationists have got going for them because their science is dismal,” Ms. Scott said. “But they do have American culture on their side.”

Notice, no quote from a Creation Scientist.  And notice the bias in the comments. First, you have the Pew guy using the terms “creationists” and “scientist” implying that they are two different things, and not a more equitable comparison such as “Creation Scientists and the Evolutionary Scientists.” Then you have the comment that’s unchallenged about Creation Scientist’s science being “dismal.”  Notice also the condescension– “There are so many ignorant people out there, if they only knew better than these Creationists would be shown to be the mental lightweights they are…”

Way to go for balanced reporting– but it goes to show that no matter how much they slander the truth, the truth prevails.

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