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AP Poll Finds out Majority of Americans Doubt Science, Pat Robertson is Not One of Them

Dangerous zealots take many shapes. Some may be violent, using their religion to justify mass murder and oppression while others may co-opt a moral position for dangerous and immoral reasons. Still, it’s nice when the cranks are at least familiar and there’s none more so than Pat Robertson of 700 Club fame.

It is hard to tell in the internet age if Pat Robertson is mellowing or even worse madmen are getting equal time, but some of his comments are certainly less harsh than when he blamed Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans’ acceptance of homosexuals. Still we pay attention if only because compared to what’s “the norm” nowadays, Robertson is almost charming.

In his latest plug for his books revelation on his show, according to Mediaite, Robertson said that he “doesn’t see anything else that fulfills the prophetic words of Jesus Christ other than an asteroid strike.” He said it could happen next week…or in a millennia, but wants us to be “ready” for it. In fact, Robertson has wholly dismissed “young earth” creationism calling it “nonsense.”

Frankly, it’s a positively hopeful sign that faith-peddlers like Robertson are looking to outer space at all. A recent poll from the Associated Press reveals that “Americans have more skepticism than confidence in” a number of almost universally (amongst scientists) accepted theories.

 

Staggeringly, a slim majority of 51 percent of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory despite the fact that just this year some of the most compelling evidence supporting it was discovered this year. In fact, there is less controversy over man-made global warming—around 40% of people doubt that—than there is about the Big Bang.

Of course, the AP found that as belief in a “supreme being” rose, confidence in scientific statements markedly fell. Yet, if even old-school cranks like Robertson can accept settled scientific facts, what does that say about the rest of Americans?

For centuries, scientific discovery has been pitted as the enemy of religious infrastructure. If only the religious could look at that history and realize that all science has ever done is challenged the authority of religious leaders, but never the beliefs themselves. Yet, the acrimony persists and, ironically, it may take a miracle to bring these folks around.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.