Miss USA Contestants and Evolution

R-MISS-USA-EVOLUTION-large570 I subscribe to a number science writers on Twitter. They were all a buzz yesterday over the news that only two of the contestants in the Miss USA pageant thought that evolution should be taught in schools. 

From Huff Post:

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.

4 thoughts on “Miss USA Contestants and Evolution

  1. The science writers of America are watching the Miss USA contest? I guess they are assessing the reproductive fitness of the contestants, or something.

  2. I subscribe to a number science writers on Twitter. They were all a buzz yesterday over the news that only two of the contestants in the Miss USA pageant thought that evolution should be taught in schools. From Huff Post:…

  3. Argh. I want to re-write a bunch of the headlines on this topic.
    There is no “believe” or “not believe” in science. You either choose to accept the process and the evidence, or you choose to ignore it. OR, better yet, you find better evidence that is peer-reviewed to contribute towards the ever-growing picture of how the world works.

  4. The “only two” stats is bogus. I just watched about thirty of them here:

    Almost all the candidates said something like this: “I think evolution should be taught in public schools. I think it’s important for kids to hear all points of view and make up their own minds.” Now if you live in a liberal neighborhood like mine in Philadelphia that may sound like your endorsing teaching ID also or something like that. But when it’s Miss North Dakota saying it, it’s clear that she’s talking about if you don’t teach it chances are the only thing the kid is going to get is whatever fundy line his church is spewing.
    Further, I have no idea why Maryland wasn’t counted as a yes because not only did she say evolution should be taught she also noted it was endorsed by the Pope. (Pope John Paul II as she was careful to point out.)
    I call shenanigans.

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