Miss USA contestants abandon science
Out of all the contestants in last night’s Miss USA pageant, only two affirmed they thought evolution should be taught in schools.
The winner, 21-year-old Alyssa Campanella was one of the two. The rest either confused the question with evolution of species (versus the intelligent design debate), or stated that they thought both should be taught in school, according to Scientific American.
Campanella and Alida D’Angona from Massachusetts were the only two contestants to state that they fully believed in evolution, according to Think Progress.
Apparently, all of the Miss USA contestants were aware of the question before they were asked it in the preliminary rounds. In recent years the contest has attempted to avoid delicate subjects such as this, according to Think Progress.
While 96 percent of the contestants essentially avoided the question or indicating that people should look at both the religious and the scientific perspective, there were also those who firmly opposed evolution. Perhaps most prominently was Miss Alabama, Madeline Mitchell’s opinion that evolution should flot-out(sic) not be taught in schools.
My world is getting scary. In the first place, many of these young women sound like they don’t understand the question, even though they knew about it before hand. I fail to understand why religion and science are even competing. Have these attractive women been told that its unfeminine to think? Are people afraid of being offensive? Is ‘evolution’ a dirty word?
‘Evolution’ really is very much of an understatement when it comes to the origins of the earth and the development of plants and animals over the eons. There are many types of ‘evolution’ from genes changing to species changing. Biological evolution is both fact and theory. People often confuse biological evolution with cosmogony, the study of the creation of the universe. The subsequent development of the earth from molten matter to the form we recognize today is a form of geological evolution, but this study really isn’t evolution.
I am of the firm belief that all it takes is one trip to the Grand Canyon and the first 60 seconds gaping at its awe and majesty to convince most folks that the earth is not 6,000 years old and that only a supreme being could put the mechanics in place for mother nature to form anything quite that spectacular. Science and religion are on a collision course only if we throw up artificial barriers that prevent us being thinking beings. Meanwhile, let school handle the science and church handle the religion. Everyone wins.