“It’s probably because of our bad educational system, but the percentage of people who believe in creationalism is really scary for a country that’s going to have to compete in a world where science and medicine require a better understanding.”
James Taranto over at Best of the Web had an excellent response to Bloomberg’s comments:
If by “creationalism” Bloomberg means the idea that the book of Genesis is an accurate description of the origin of life on Earth, then he is right, at least, that a lot of people adhere to it. A 2005 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 42% believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” Another 18% believe that “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.” Only 26% endorse the view that “humans and other living things have evolved due to natural processes such as natural selection.”
It’s hard to see how one gets elected president by insulting the religious beliefs of at least 3 in 5 Americans. Of course, one might defend Bloomberg on the ground that he is a courageous truth-teller, unafraid to stand up for an unpopular view. But one would be wrong.
This columnist is among the 26% of Americans who hold a strictly naturalistic view of life’s origin. Yet even we find Bloomberg’s remark appalling in its arrogance and ignorance.