Wednesday, August 03, 2005

How can it be?

Whatever you think of his other policies, the President's attitude toward science is a threat to this country. He persists in his dogmatic refusal to allow funding of stem cell research, and he announced yesterday that we should put creationism (disguised as "intelligent design") on the same footing with science. Obviously, the vast majority of people, on both sides of the debate, do not have the scientific training to carry the argument against someone with such training. So it is not surprising that a lot of ordinary joes believe creationism may be intellectually legitimate (just as many who believe evolution probably aren't sure why.)

But the leaders of the pro-creationism movement, the ones who have hauled out pseudo-scientific arguments to attack science, know perfectly well what they are doing, and a lot of them are knowingly dishonest. The unfortunate thing is that our president is apparently among those who believe the creationist propaganda. I'm all for our leaders being cut from the same cloth as the rest of us, but in our era, when science has so much power in our lives, shouldn't our president at least have a clue?

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