Joined: Jan. 2006
The comments to the Coulson article are the fascinating part, and perhaps even a perverse source of optimism. Almost universally, they "know" that evolution is wrong and didn't happen. Almost universally, they haven't any clue whatsoever what evolution actually is.
Most of the commenters aren't singing from the AiG prayer book (a few are), and seem entirely sincere. Problem is, they have never been exposed to evolution in their lives. They're not sure if it's a competing religion, a tool of the devil, a failed theory, or what.
Underlying most of these critiques is an equally total misunderstanding of what science is and how it works. There seems to be a common subtext here that science consists of two parts: guesses (called theories, and worthless), and laws (stuff science has proved). Evolution is placed into the first category. Whatever it might be.
Now, if only we could get science teachers to cover this material in science classes. But even in states where proper standards are in place, teachers and (perhaps even moreso) administrators simply want to do their jobs and go home, and not spend all hours fighting mobs of parents waving torches and bibles. When ignorance is the price of tranquility, public organizations like school systems pay it gladly.