For a nation as advanced as the USA, it has always been baffling the disregard for science and the zealotry of some religious beliefs among the general population when compared to the rest of the developed world, with some attitudes bordering what you would expect to find somewhere like the middle east rather than a developed western civilization.
However, in one area at least, it looks like slowly but surely that trend is changing. A Pew study shows that now 4/10 American adults still reject Evolution but most interestingly, for those under the age of 30, there is a 73% acceptance of Evolution, compared with 61% back in 2009. Most interestingly, 51% accept it without adding the condition that it is divinely guided, up from 40%
So it seems after decades of fighting over the legitimacy of Evolution, the USA is now coming more in line with other developed nations in having widespread acceptance of it over religious creation stories. This is a trend a fair few on the right wing either dismiss or claim is some product of decadent American society. The fact conservatives have been talking about the impending destruction of morality in America since the founding of the nation, such comments aren't really that suprising.
I guess the next big question is, how long will it be before Atheism is no longer a taboo subject? Estimates put the number of religiously unaffiliated at about 15% with self identified Atheists closer to maybe 3%, although the numbers cannot entirely be trusted due to the stigma of admitting to be an Atheist. So will it be a long, drawn out process or could the newer generation coming through that subscribes to fewer religious beliefs speed the process up?www.iflscience.com/editors-blo…www.slate.com/articles/health_…