Religious apologists have been quite active in chastising scientists for making fun of religious rubes who believe that the earth is 6000 years old and that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. As if you shouldn’t make fun of such nonsense. The contention has been that “militant” atheism (which has yet to kill anyone, while the Christian terrorist death toll keeps ticking up daily in the United States, what with anti-immigrant, pro-gun, and white supremacists killing people almost daily) is turning people off to science and evolution. If only that awful Dawkins would shut the fuck up everyone would convert to liberal airy fairy Protestantism and believe in evolution, right? Or, maybe, being made fun of about being wrong makes you change your erroneous beliefs. I mean, what the fuck, Catholics gave up on opposing evolution over a half century ago. And, indeed, despite the increasingly vocal cries of atheist scientists (the vast majority of scientists are atheists, particularly at research oriented universities), FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED THEIR EMBRACE OF THE SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS ON HUMAN ORIGINS. Yes, Fundies, those who believe that the bible is the actual word of god have gone from having less than one in five support evolution, to nearly a third believing in the evolution of humans from other species. Jesus Fuck! There is less action among the “inspired” though they also seem to be ticking upward a tad. People who believe the bible is a bunch of weird stories are unchanged between 2006 and 2012. The “in your face” confrontation with evidence has even fundamentalists reimagining what their fundamentalism means vis-a-vis the evolution of species. I doubt that the namby pamby accommodation of religious tomfoolery would have produced this shift. Change comes from confrontation, conflict, and the realization that outdated perspectives are no longer tenable. Advantage Atheists…..
Belief in evolution INCREASING among religious fundamentalists