More than 200 years after George Washington declared science “essential” to our nation in his first State of the Union Address, President Obama, in his inaugural address, vowed to “restore science to its rightful place.”
Many took these comments as a slight to the Republican Party, often criticized for being “anti-science.” But, as a new article in The Atlantic suggests, this criticism is often invalid and inaccurate. Republicans are most often criticized for rejecting evolution and global warming, but even these criticisms are overblown, according to the article.
“Numerically speaking, according to Gallup, only a marginally higher percentage of Republicans reject evolution completely than do Democrats. Yes, an embarrassing half of Republicans believe the earth is only 10,000 years old—but so do more than a third of Democrats. And a slightly higher percentage of Democrats believe God was the guiding factor in evolution than Republicans.”
Read the full, original story here: The Republican Party Isn’t Really the Anti-Science Party