Douglas Todd of the Vancouver Sun writes that creationism, the ridiculous belief (my note) that god created the world literally in 6 days, is on the rise. Hundreds of millions of people follow this belief and reject Darwin’s theory of evolution. He asserts that this is “cause for concern,” something I certainly hold true.
When the Bible and the Qur’an are taken literally, “critical thinking, freedom of thought and even human rights come under threat” according to Nidhal Guessoum, a physics and astronomy professor in the Middle East. It is important to note though that this is not a problem only among the world’s 1.2 billion muslims, but also in North America where evangelicals number in the tens of millions.
The smart tact to battle this ignorance is not to attempt to rid these people of their religious views, but to get them to understand that their scriptures are metaphors, meant to be taken as such and not as literal histories of the world. This is much more likely to succeed.
Getting voters to educate themselves on topics like this are of utmost importance when creationists are attempting to change school curriculums, vote against climate saving acts, etc.