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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?……
Seriously? Why does this still happen? Every year we see hundreds of people acting like animals in a frenzy of insane consumerism and it makes me whince watching these people desperately clawing through the bargains like a bunch of starving savages. People trampled, items ripped out of the hands of children, screaming, shouting, punching...

Why is such madness still promoted and does nobody feel any shame watching people act like a bunch of degenerates all to get their grubby mitts on something cheap?

EDIT meant to go in complaints, can a mod move it?…

Yet again a terrorist attack is being used as a justification to take away peoples privacy and expand the state spying on its own people. On top of that, for a nation that so ardently defends the right to free practice of religion, a database of every follower of one of those religions seems to fly in the face of the modern interpretation of the 1st amendment. Granted it won't be preventing them from exercising their religion but I'm pretty sure the state discriminating based on religious belief would be an argument that could appear in courts if it went forward.

As a note from one of the founding fathers of the USA, Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

How do you feel about giving the state yet more justification to spy on its own people?
Ok what is it with the Republicans and attracting such unbelievable whackos? Ben Carson has just reiterated that not only does he think the pyramids were used as grain stores rather than tombs (because it's normal to store mummified remains in a grain store yet store no grain...) but he also believes that scientists claim aliens were used to build them so they can find a way to not use god, implying God somehow helped make the pyramids.

Honestly, WHY are people like this even remotely considered future leaders when they are so clearly mental?…
A common theme mentioned when people talk about the founding of the USA is how it broke away from the stifling society full of people who have power and influence through their families, people born into wealth that then got the best education, took over the family fortunes and controlled the politics. The USA was a nation where every man thereotically could be something and there was no aristocracy.

In the up coming election we could see the 3rd person of the Bush family fighting against the 2nd Clinton. This is in the space of 50 years. For a nation that prides itself so much on seperating from the concept of a elite group of nobles controlling the courts, it seems like it is determined to recreate it. Big family names dominate US politics at all levels and now you have the very real possibility of 2 families going head to head for the presidency again.

It seems ridiculous but what do Americans think of the new wealthy elite who it seems are keeping power in ever closer circles and forming a new aristocracy?


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Sol9000 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
I liked Gandalf the Grey better.
A-M-A-P Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I ask you for you're thoughts on my newest piece ?…
And here is a Llama for you because your probably awesome, :D
Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Since the thread was closed: I know you're from the UK. And quite frankly you guys have as much of a history of suffering "white" terrorism as the US does, making your complaints about Muslims still bizarre.

The Muslims don't have a monopoly on violent extremists by a long shot.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Yes we've had our experience of white terorrism but we don't now. Also it's beyond terrorism, we didn't have crowd of Irish charging around threatening to kill anyone who was rude about Islam but we have had that with Muslims.
Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You haven't met our domestic terrorists here in the US. There's quite a few groups here who'd be absolutely happy to kill gays, Hispanics, blacks, women getting abortions, etc. if they thought they could get away with it. Some of them still go for it. There's also our nutjob right-wing militias planning for "race wars" and uprising against the government.

I remember the likes of McVeigh and the Unabomber, and our mass shootings have mainly been by whites, too. To me, this whole "Muslim extremists are way more dangerous than white ones!" is total bull. Maybe we should just deal with the extremists and leave out the prefacing adjectives against others. Especially since it's racist attitudes that fuel many of our domestic terrorists. I guess you're safe from them... if you're white, Christian, and straight!

P.S. Plus, the Muslims here don't get to put Sharia law into effect... but the Christians do their damnedest to put Christian law into effect and have been succeeding lately. You don't have to blow things up to harm people. There's a reason why "Christian Taliban" has been thrown around here as a term lately.
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In regards to the thread you made about North Korea, that idiot Wes STILL thinks that you're a racist just for making a James Bond joke and "hurting his feelings". What a baby... Sorry about that :P
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Meh I know what the rules are and I know I have a perfectly defensible case. He can go ahead with it because I know nothing will come from it. I'm still not entirely convinced he has, I think it's a bluff to try to provoke me into apologising.
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that, and yeah, he pulled the same shit with me all day, too.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
He must be the life of parties.
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