I agree with the headline, "For a great many Americans, the search for truth has ended", but not with the contents of this recent Ann McFeatters column, which is based on the false assumption there is "overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of [macro]evolution".
A one-celled plant or animal may have millions of molecular "parts", but take the hypothetical case of a mere 200-part organism evolving from a 1-part organism.
Assuming there is a 50-50 chance that each successive mutation will be successful (though in reality, successful mutations are extrememly rare), statistical theory shows that the probability of 200 successive mutations being successful is one out of 1060 (a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion).
Assume these mutations occur at the ridiculously rapid rate of one every second. If scientists are correct, the earth has been in existence 4.5 billion years, or 1.42006 x 1017 seconds. Which means there hasn't been enough time for even one such evolution to have occurred, much less the unfathomably greater astronomical number that would be required to produce all the species that have ever existed.
Science for McFeatters and like-minded people is a matter of political correctness, opposition to which brings hostility, repression, ostracism, poor academic grades, and job loss.
It is a matter of consensus of opinion rather than collection of data and unbiased interpretation of findings. Michael Crichton pointed out, "The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus."
McFeatters objects to parents' right to decide what truths their children are taught. This is scary. Are politicians to be entrusted with this duty? They already have to a great extent, but this blatant opposition should motivate parents to fight for their rights and for the minds of their children.