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Dixie Dimwits: Just 22% of Likely Mississippi GOP Primary Voters Believe in Evolution; 29% Want Interracial Marriage Banned

Imaginary friend, real idiots.

I apologize in advance to my family and friends who live in Mississippi and Alabama, but those states have got to be among the dumbest places on earth.

Yesterday we reported on the results of a Public Policy Polling survey that found some shocking ignorance of President Obama’s religious affiliation.

Of the 656 likely GOP voters polled in Mississippi, 52% said the President is a Muslim, while only 12% believe he is a Christian. Fully 36% said they weren’t sure what religion he belonged to. In neighboring Alabama, which like Mississippi is also holding its GOP primary today, 45% of 600 likely primary voters said Obama is a Muslim. Only 14% consider him a Christian, while 41% said they weren’t sure which faith he followed.

For the record, President Obama is a Christian.

I’ve gotten my hands on some more gems from that poll. You sitting down?

Nearly three out of ten likely Mississippi Republican primary voters believe that interracial marriage should be illegal. Fully 29% literally think it’s a crime for whites to marry blacks (I’m assuming that when a Mississippi bigot thinks interracial marriage, he means black-on-white “crime”). Just over half– 54%– think it should be legal.

Alabama GOP voters were a little more tolerant. More than two-thirds– 67%– of likely Republican primary voters there said they think interracial marriage should be legal, but 21% said it should not be.

Among voters in both states who want interracial marriage banned, Newt Gingrich is the clear winner. He has a 40%- 27% lead on Mitt Romney in Mississippi and a 37%- 28% lead on him in Alabama.

Then there’s the issue of evolution, which, as the anti-science crowd is fond of pointing out, “is just a theory.” Yeah, kinda like gravity. Incredibly, two-thirds of likely Mississippi GOP primary voters do not believe in evolution, which the overwhelming majority of scientists in every developed nation accept as the dominant scientific theory of biological origin. Only 22% of Mississippi GOP’ers believe in evolution.

Again, Alabama fared just slightly better. Sixty percent there don’t believe in evolution, while 26% do.

As they say in Alabama, “thank God there’s Mississippi.”

Unsurprisingly, Rick Santorum comes out on top among voters who think evolution is blasphemous eggheaded gobbledygook, edging out Newt Gingrich 34%- 33% in both states. Mitt Romney wins among voters who believe in evolution. The former Massachusetts governor wins 33%- 27% over Gingrich in Alabama and 38%- 32% over him in Mississippi.

These numbers belie the utter idiocy of most Republican voters in the heart of Dixie, an idiocy and ignorance which is mostly the result of deeply-ingrained religious beliefs. Fully 30% of all Americans believe that the Bible is literally the word of “God.” I don’t have any exact numbers for Mississippi and Alabama, but you can bet your cheesy grits that they’re much higher than the national average. That almost certainly means that a strong majority of Republican voters in those states believe that: the universe was created in a week,  the world is but a few thousands years old and that man and dinosaur walked the earth together, a snake talked, a virgin gave birth, a man walked on water, that same man rose from the dead like a zombie, and so, so much more utter lunacy.

This probably won’t mean a damn thing to these folks, being that they disdain science and education– you know, the engines of human knowledge and progress, but here are some very telling statistics: according to a recent Gallup poll, nearly half of Americans with a high school education or less believe that the Bible is the literal word of “God.” But among those with a postgraduate university education, only 16% believe such nonsense.

No offense to my Christian friends and family, but if you believe that the Bible is the literal word of a “God” that no one can prove exists, you’re at best ignorant and at worst an idiot. That’s not just my opinion; the overwhelming body of scientific evidence, the fruits of centuries of human progress, has almost completely invalidated biblical literalism. Ignoring that science makes you fair game for ridicule.

Lest you think I’m being too harsh, I’ll add that  I’m an idiot if I get lung cancer from smoking cigarettes or AIDS from having unprotected sex. I should have known better. The science is clear.

Of course, religion has killed more people throughout history than cigarettes and AIDS combined, probably many times over.

Sorry if I’m being harsh. But I refuse to mince words. After all, the religious folks constantly bombard us with their opinions. Don’t believe me? Every time I pull a dollar bill out of my wallet or attend a major league baseball game and have to sit through “God Bless America” I want to puke. It makes me sick to my stomach to think that so many members of my society can be so stupid as to believe in fairy tales, and then ridicule– or worse– others whose religious beliefs aren’t any less ridiculous. It makes me sick that religion is forced upon all Americans, as if we live in Saudi Arabia or something, whether we like it or not. At least you can ignore me if you don’t like what I say. So no apologies here– I love my Christian (and Jewish) family and friends and don’t hold their religious beliefs against them, as I hope they don’t hold my rationality against me, but I’ll say it one last time: if you believe the Bible is the literal word of “God,” you’re either ignorant… or worse. 

Of course, being ignorant is totally within your rights in this free society. Most Americans are.

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  1. MikeMarch 13, 2012 at 5:23 pmReply

    “Of course, being ignorant is totally within your rights in this free society. Most Americans are.”

    Everyone but you, right?

    • Brett WilkinsMarch 13, 2012 at 5:47 pmReplyAuthor

      Not at all. But the difference between those who believe that the Bible is the infallible word of “God” and people like me is that the former must accept that word with unwavering faith, while the latter change when presented with evidence that refutes their thinking. Each day of our lives is a mission to overcome ignorance. There is so much I do not know, and the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.

  2. ReedMarch 14, 2012 at 11:49 amReply

    Biblical literalism doesn’t stand up to an honest reading of the Bible, let alone science.

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