Why Doesn't America Believe in Evolution?
There is still hope for evolution in the United States, but it is fading, writes Jeff Hecht in this feature from the New Scientist. Recent surveys indicate that less Americans believe in the theory today than did 20 years ago, and the number of fundamentalist Christians who oppose its inclusion in the education curriculum are growing. For proponents of evolution, these are troubled times. Hecht looks at how separation of church and state, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion—the bedrock of American history—are influencing this debate.