February 2007 – a report (leading to this interesting blog post) finds that 216 million Americans are ‘scientifically illiterate’, with the percentages apparently being worse in Europe and Japan.
March 2007 – a new book finds that 60% of Americans can’t name five of the Ten Commandments (and I’d almost guarantee the percentages also increase in Europe).
Also, in a move that may be not entirely unconnected to the above, the Pope has been warned, by one of his cardinals, that the anti-christ will soon be unveiled, and that he will be an environmentalist.
So, I guess the question is, if a good proportion of the people shouting about the teaching of evolution, global warming, stem cell research, and events in Iraq and the middle East don’t know much about science OR religion, exactly how much attention should the rest of us pay them?
And if they’re not reliable commentators on the above subjects, who is?
And if we’re pulling faces at people not being able to a couple of the 10 Commandments or outline the basics of evolution, how do we redress the problem from both sides?