I am going to develop a user-friendly "theory of evolution basics" presentation for my college. I have way too many students like the theists on this board:
--People who wash their hands with soap and water before they eat, without even thinking about how revolutionary and life-saving that simple action is;
--People who expect to live to an active and healthy 75+, even if they have serious injuries and illnesses along the way
that would have definitely killed their ancestors;
--People who cook with microwaves, drive a hybrid car operated by a computer to work, and carry more technological power around in their pocket than NASA used to put astronauts on the moon;
--People who watch the old Lost in Space, Jetsons, Star Trek or Dr. Who shows and laugh because we now have everyday objects that surpass 1970's imaginary future;
--People who accept CSI lab analysis as the most accurate and sophisticated method of detecting crime and catching criminals;
BUT WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THE MOST BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE, DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD WORKS, DENY THAT SCIENCE HAS EVER DONE ANYTHING IMPORTANT OR USEFUL FOR HUMANITY, THINK NOAH'S FLOOD REALLY HAPPENED, BELIEVE JESUS RODE A DINOSAUR, AND OF COURSE, DOUBT THE VALIDITY OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION. BECAUSE GOD AND THE BIBLE.
In other words, people who benefit from science in more ways than they can count, and yet want to attribute those benefits to supernatural forces instead of the brains and hard work of thousands of nerds, many of them atheists. So of course, such people don't see the point in supporting scientific research or having good science/math classes in schools and colleges.
Yeah, dammit, it's kinda personal.....