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The Pendulum Swings Again

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I considered putting this is the science forum since it is a victory for science, but decided that the science itself hasn't changed. The changed was caused by an election, therefore it is political.Anyway, Kansas has joined Pennsylvania in voting against conservative anti-science school board candidates. They just finished primaries and the Republican moderates won the chance to go against the Democrat moderates. Turn out was only about 18 percent, but those that bothered to go spoke with the thunderous voice of reason. Here is the Times article:Evolution Fight Shifts Direction in Kansas Vote
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Perhaps a fly landed on the pendulum, but I doubt it will effect the sad state of science in the US. According to a recent article, of all European countries only Turkey has fewer people who 'believe' in evolution 27% to US 40%. Most other European countries are in the 80% + bracket since both Catholics and mainstream protestants accept the fact, while in the US most evangelicals do not.
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Which begs the question, what is it about U.S. evangelicals that makes them so much more hostile to evolution, not only as compared to European atheists and agnostics, but also compared to European Catholics and protestants?
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Maybe it is because Europe has seen the dangers of mixing church and state and they never want to see it again. Maybe they also see that religion provides few real or tangible benefits. We're a relatively new nation that may have to experience a few horrors before we learn our lessons.
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If the Neocons and Conservatives continue their marriage with religious fanatics here in the US, what are the chances that the pendulum could swing in Europe back to some form of religious fanaticism?
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