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Apologizing to Darwin

The Church of England's belated endorsement of evolution

“Better late than never,” said Andrew Gregory in the British daily Mirror. Charles Darwin has been dead for more than a century, but the Church of England is finally getting around to apologizing for slamming the famous naturalist’s theory of evolution.

It’s always encouraging “when religious leaders embrace science,” said Daniel Geduld at DailyKos. Especially if you live in the U.S., where nearly half the population doesn’t believe in evolution at all, and “a person who doesn’t believe in this basic science is now poised to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

There you have it, said Bruce Anderson in the British daily The Independent. “It’s all Sarah Palin’s fault.” The Republican candidate for vice president “is a creationist, for God’s sake,” and her surprise nomination has leftists so scared they’d rather “repeal the Enlightenment” than allow the Biblical story of creation to be taught in schools.

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