“Believers” pay little attention to facts. They are locked into the addiction of religion. Why do people believe in god? I believe the biggest reason is fear. It is to avoid the existential terror of living in an uncaring, unfeeling, non-sentient universe in which death is final, in which bad things can happen without warning to good people, in which good things can happen to bad people, in which there is no protection and very limited control over our fates. At any moment, things can go wrong: We can fall seriously ill, be attacked and mugged, raped, or killed, hit by a train, etc. This feeling of helplessness is difficult to live with. Now religion, illogical though it may be, is carefully constructed to protect believers from this harsh reality. It provides the concept of an afterlife to insulate us from the finality of death, and to reassure us that pains and problems of this life will be “made up for” by some glorious fantasy future of eternity in heaven. It helps keep some people in line by threatening them with eternal torture in hell. It provides a theoretically loving “Sky-Daddy” who can do miracles and magically extricate us from trouble. Some people find great comfort in this belief. Therefore, they are willing to overlook a lot. The self-contradictions in the bible. The need for ‘faith,’ or in other words, the willingness to believe with neither scientific evidence nor proof. The embarrassing fact that, for example, the churches have a long history of repression and oppression of people. When they are totally immersed in the fantasy, they develop a strong dependency upon it. This is called religious faith. Now, an addict is so wedded to the thing to which they’re addicted that ‘truth’ plays no part in it. Evolution deniers comprise only a fraction of believers, by the way. Not all people who believe in god deny evolution; the pope himself has acknowledged that it is true. But the people without enough sophistication to understand that the bible is not a factual, historical document, but a symbolic and allegorical work, may interpret it literally, and for them, the theory of evolution contradicts the bible. Faced with a choice between the drug of religion and facts, they will choose the drug every time.