Acceptance of evolution in the world

Acceptance of evolution in the world.

I have just stumbled across the above blog post, which has a graph showing several countries in the world and the ratios of the population that accepts or denies evolution.

The graph mainly lists European countries, though the United States is there, and depressingly low down.

What I would like to see as a comparison is the acceptance in Asian, African and South American countries too. I guess for the moment that information is not available and I also imagine that a fair few of those countries will be extend the bottom of the graph to show lower and lower acceptance of evolution.

What I’d also like to see is how those numbers have changed in the last decade or two. Have the numbers gone more or less in favour of Evolution? I’d also like to see that same comparison in the next few decades to see how the numbers change.

 

 

Emergency! This Samosa is Too Christian

Chamuças de Goa. Chamuças (samosas) from Goa.

Image via Wikipedia

I genuinely burst out laughing reading a free paper on the train into work this morning. Muslims in Samalia have apparently decreed Samosas as too Christian and banned them.

Quite how a food can be deemed religious is beyond me, but it seems that’s the case and soSomaliawill now have to do without.

The ludicrousness of a deity loving foodstuff aside, if one was to associate Samosas with any religion its not going to be Christianity. Samosas are a triangular snack of meat or vegetable wrapped in pastry and fried. They are generally very tasty and I have no problem enjoying them. I believe they originate fromIndia, which is not the source of Christianity. If one was to associate them with any religion, my guess would be Hinduism.

However, sinceIndiahosts numerous religions I am not sure it is even credible to associate Samosas with any specific religion at all. Its a cultural snack which has migrated around the world and arguably transcends all cultures and therefore all religions.

Since the story comes from Somalia, its one that is worth looking into a little more because Somalia is currently a lawless hotbed of fighting factions and it would not at all surprise me if there are several ultra extremist organisations there fighting for some sort of control and my guess is that this is a decree by one such organisation in an attempt to flex some muscle and create headlines for itself.

A quick check reveals the following stories on the subject, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/somalias-islamist-group-bans-samosas-calling-it-too-western/823140/, http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/07/somalia-islamic-supremacists-ban-samosas-for-resembling-christian-trinity.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018858/Islamist-group-Somalia-bans-samosas-deciding-theyre-Western.html?ito=feeds-newsxml where it seems that pretty much everyone in the world feels the same way about it as I do.

Extremism is Dangerous

 

This kind of exclusion is divisive and after the laughter has subsided there is a very serious issue to consider. People are likely going to suffer and possibly even be killed over this.

In a country that has many other issues to face, namely the feeding of its people, this grasping for power can have no positive effect at all.