Saturday, February 10, 2007

An army against emerging science



As Evangelicals are beginning to rethink their escapist stance on global warming (see NYT story from earlier this week), new survey data suggests that years of childhood indoctrination against science and rational thinking may be difficult to overcome.

In fact, a recent Hamilton College poll, conducted by Zogby International with nine hundred high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the U.S., shows that the religious message continues to resonate. Not only are religious high school students less informed about climate change, they are also significantly less likely to support policy proposals to help stop global warming:
"High-school students who do not affiliate to any religious denomination know more about the causes and consequences of climate change than their counterparts and are 13 percent more likely to claim that the U.S. should start reducing greenhouse gases now than their counterparts do.

(Click here for a PDF version of the complete report.)



Similar to Hamas youth camps allegedly designed to recruit future Jihadist suicide bombers, Evangelicals organize summer camps to train the next generation of soldiers for God ... and against science. Some of those efforts are chronicled in Jesus Camp, which just came out on DVD. Interestingly, a NYT story a few weeks back (see nanopublic posting from January 12, 2007) predicted that about one in 10 New Yorkers will belong to some kind of Pentecostal church by the end of this year. Pentecostal Evalngelicals, of course, believe in the Bible’s word-for-word authority and in speaking in tongues (or unintelligible utterances) as a way of directly interacting with god.

2 comments:

The Professor said...

Interesting...but recent PEW survey shows among Adults, no significant differences for Evangelicals on views of climate change:

http://pewforum.org/docs/index.php?DocID=153#3

Dietram A. Scheufele said...

would be interesting, of course, to see if this ends up being a cohort effect where childhood socialization carries through to adulthood ...