Ray Comfort is writing a series of columns for the Worldnutdaily where he takes on the world’s most famous atheists. The result is a lot like having one’s ankles gnawed on by a toy poodle. His latest column takes on Richard Dawkins, but the best Comfort can do is lob a few blatant logical fallacies in his direction.
He told The New York Times, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked).”
So, according to the professor, if you don’t “believe” in evolution, you are ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked. He would like everyone to believe in the theory. As far as he is concerned, to believe it is to be on the side of true science.
But according to The New Yorker magazine (in 2012), “The percentage of Americans that believe in biological evolution has only increased by four percentage points over the last 20 years.”A June 2012 Gallup poll found 46 percent of Americans believe God created man, 32 percent believe humans evolved with God’s guidance and 15 percent believe in evolution alone.
So the amount of believers in evolution alone is 15 percent and has only increased by 4 percent in the last 20 years.
Okay. And what, pray tell, does that have to do with the statement it purports to be a response to? The vast majority of Americans are, in fact, ignorant of evolution. What percentage of the country do you think could pass — not ace, just pass — the final exam in a high school AP biology course? I’d be shocked if even 20% could do so. Comfort would fail miserably.