2. Does it make us look anti-intellectual and backward to disbelieve in evolution?
Yes it does if we phrase it that way. Evolution is a scientific theory used by scientists. It’s proven very valuable to them. It provides consistent explanations for all the available data, useful directions of exploration for finding more data, and a valuable tool in fields like medicine, agriculture, ecology, genetic engineering, etc. It’s not something you choose to believe or disbelieve--it’s something that people trained in the relevant field find useful and know how to use.
We might as well say we don’t believe in dictionaries or computers.