Famous people who don’t believe in evolution

According to a May 2007 Gallup poll, 49% of Americans believe in evolution, 48% do not and 2% have no opinion. Still, I find it startling every time I hear about another person who doesn’t. Evidently I’m wrestling with my own issues of mulish blockheadedness. Anyway, although hearing about ordinary people who don’t believe in evolution makes me die inside, finding out about famous people who don’t believe in evolution is entertaining. So let’s start a list.

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Chuck Norris, action hero

On Chuck Norris ‘mania’ sweeping the net,” article by Chuck Norris, World Net Daily, October 23, 2006

Kirk Cameron, actor

The Way of the Master video

Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer

MSNBC television interview, July 11, 2007

Deepak Chopra, guru

Intelligent Design Without the Bible,” blog post by Deepak Chopra, The Huffington Post, August 23, 2005

Mel Gibson, actor

Interview in Playboy, July 1995

George W. Bush, president

“For Bush, His Toughest Call Was the Choice to Run at All,” New York Times, October 29, 2000

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, The View co-host

Interview in Today’s Christian, July/August 2006

Charlton Heston, actor

The Mysterious Origins of Man video (read Skeptical Inquirer review here)

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Weighs in on Creationism Controversy,” MSNBC.com, November 11, 2005

Sam Brownback, senator (R, Kansas) and 2008 presidential candidate

Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate

Tom Tancredo, representative (R, Colorado) and 2008 presidential candidate

The May 3, 2007 GOP presidential candidates debate

John Thune, senator (R, South Dakota)

The Gay War Rolls On,” Newsweek, July 26, 2004

Ann Coulter, maniac

Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter, published by Crown Forum

10 Responses to “Famous people who don’t believe in evolution”

  1. NBP Says:

    Hmm. I guess that fame does not necessarily come with sense. Most of the people you have listed I don’t particularly respect for other reasons (just how sane can Mel Gibson be?) By the way, I love that Coulter is described as a maniac, rather than a pundit.
    Anyway, I am so much more concerned about people I know and like and generally respect who do not believe in evolution – particularly when they are professional colleagues of mine who affect the minds of children. Then it’s downright scary.

  2. Jessie Rue Says:

    Sherri Shepherd, co-host “The View”

  3. Dr. Dennis Flanders Says:

    At least tell the truth. According to Gallup 14% believe in godless evolution, 36% believe in God-directed evolution and 44% believe that God created man as he is today. The 14% who believe in Godless evolution reject the 36% who are thiestic evolutionists. to see this for yourself go to http://www.gallup.com/poll/21814/Evolution-Creationism-Intelligent-Design.aspx

    D.

  4. ABP Says:

    Dr. Flanders,

    Thanks for the link to that much more comprehensive breakdown of American beliefs. But note that most of the data reported at that site came from a later Gallup poll than the one I cited—I don’t appreciate being accused of “not telling the truth.” (Besides, it shows the same outcomes.)

    And your interpretation of the results are flawed. The 14% of people who accept the non-theistic view of evolution aren’t rejecting anybody. The survey asked people to choose which statements they most agree with. There’s no measurement of people getting rejected.

  5. Dean Says:

    If Gibson is pro-creation, then what did he mean on his commentary track for “Apocolypto” when he said, “The tapir looks like a pig, but is actually closer to the horse”. Was that just cultural force of habit, an observation on appearance, or a descriptoin of how the similar mammals branched off according to evolution?

  6. ABP Says:

    Beats me what he meant.

    On that note, I would really, really like to get a hold of the July 1995 Playboy so I can scan the article and post a link to his actual anti-evolution comments. I have not come across any old Playboys but I keep my eye out at yard sales.

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