According to a new Gallup Poll, forty percent of Americans believe that humans were created by God in their present form, 10,000 years ago next October.
(Hat tip to Huff Post: 40 Percent Of Americans Still Believe In Creationism)
Well, of courrrrrrrrse they do! We have kept evolution out of biology texts so what else can you expect?
I have a suggestion. Start with this observation. Most Americans have no idea how the Bible came to be written. Their pastors are taught the textual history of the Bible, in all but the most fundamental of evangelical seminaries, but those pastors never teach their congregations.
(See Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible and Why We Don’t Know About Them, which you should. )
Americans are not just ignorant on the evolution of life, they are ignorant of the evolution of the Bible.
Let’s remedy that!
First, let’s find a church, whose pastor rails against the separation of church and state, AND promotes the teaching of creationism / intelligent design in public schools. Shouldn’t be too hard. Start looking in Texas.
The separation of church from state cuts both ways. If the church can mandate the state’s teaching in the schools, then the state can mandate what is taught in the church.
Back to that church in Texas, which no doubt teaches the theory that the Bible is inerrant and was written or inspired by God: Take the church to court. Ask the courts to demand that their Sunday School balance their theory of the inerrancy of the Bible with the one taught their pastors in the seminary. They need to be aware that there is an alternate theory of the origins of the Bible! Yes! It’s only right to teach both theories! Let the kids decide.
Then, ask the ACLU to defend the church. That would be delicious.