A Convenient Rationalization


Here’s part of a comment I received from a hunter the other day: “I love animals, but fully understand that all living things have their place in God’s plan and on His Earth. He gave us domain over animals. Read Genisis [sic] and wake up!”

How convenient. But do people really still believe that kind of crap?

Sadly, the answer appears to be yes.

A staggering 46% of Americans believe that god created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years, according to a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted this year from May 10th to the 13th. Not only has that number not changed much in the past 30 years since Gallup first asked the question on Creationism vs Evolution, it’s actually gone up 2%, from 44% in 1982 to 46% in 2012!

Gallup’s Frank Newport told CNN, “Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origins of the human species since 1982. All in all, there’s no evidence in this trend of a substantial movement toward a secular viewpoint on human origins.”

So, why do I care what people believe? Why won’t I just let them have their fun?

Because such dogma can directly affect how non-humans are treated.

The literal belief that humans have some kind of god-given authority over every other species of animal bestows undeserved power into unreliable hands. Creationist claptrap that favors one species over another perpetuates speciesist doctrine devised to demean and control our fellow animals in the same way that notions of racial superiority were used against our fellow humans.

The second most common view of those polled—held by 32% of respondents–is that humans evolved with god’s guidance. Again, a very convenient conviction that can be used to put humans on top.

Newport goes on to say, “It would be hard to dispute that most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years, and that relatively few scientists believe that humans began in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. Thus, almost half of Americans hold a belief [in creationism] that is at odds with the preponderance of scientific literature.”

To their benefit, and to the detriment of every other living thing on the planet, I might add.

Wildlife Photography Copyright Jim Robertson

18 thoughts on “A Convenient Rationalization

  1. They really (deliberately) misinterpret bible passaged – logically, a higher power would not create such marvels in order that their one out-of-order, rogue creation could destroy them. A higher power ought to give them a cosmic back-hander and knock them out of earth’s orbit!

    But you will never convince me that humans are a rational species, despite their claims about themselves.

  2. They believe because it gives them power. Their god has bestowed a right upon them that allows them to commit atrocities without guilt. They will not question that belief because they would lose power.

  3. Slavery, rape, murder and cannibalism are ok by the bible’s standards. The slightest straying from the status quo is punishable by death, don’t shave, don’t call people fools, don’t allow women speak out of turn (if at all) or to have any form of higher education and kill your children for disobeying you.

  4. The thing that bugs me is that the environmental groups who support this claim they want collaboration. But it seems to me that the killing of wolf packs has escalated now to every year, when before it wasn’t so frequent, every other year or so.

    And I do hope that the rancher that lost it and went out on his own to kill this wolf gets some kind of fine or sanction. Thank goodness he’s a lousy shot.

  5. I first started to follow this with the Wedge Pack in 2012.

    But I am glad that there are those willing to go to the mat for grizzlies (they won’t get them ), and they can rest assured that people will always go to the mat for wolves too.

  6. I’ll try – but the first standout is all of this started ‘less than a year after adopting a plan to recover wolf populations in the state’. The first time.

    The Wedge pack had killed cattle at the ranch of the Diamond M, allegedly 40 or 50, which seems like an unbelievable number. I remember this because it brought a F&W director to tears, and I can’t blame him.

    But the entire Wedge pack (8-11 wolves plus pups) was taken out by aerial gunning, over several days, at great expense to the taxpayers. And it hasn’t seemed to let up since then, same people involved. I we remember it was promised that it wouldn’t happen again, or at least on that scale.

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