Quote of the Week #78

Firmly established opinion is not always wrong, and not necessarily worth attacking, simply because it is firmly established opinion.

Chris Mooney

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Here We Go Again

Lest you think I was reading too much into pending anti-science legislation in Missouri earlier, and think efforts like that are “only” anti-evolution, you obviously haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on over at NASA lately.

Phil Plait describes efforts by the current administration to attack science coming out of NASA and is well worth reading.

To whet your appetite, George Deutsch, a presidential appointee, instructed the NASA webmaster to add the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang. Why? Here’s his rationale:

[The Big Bang is] not proven fact; it is opinion. [...] It is not NASA’s place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator.


This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most.

Weren’t the creationists holding up the Big Bang as an example of a religion-friendly scientific theory just a few months ago in the Dover trial? I guess now that they don’t see any immediate religious or political need for it, they’re tossing it aside.

Given their track record with science, it’s hardly surprising.

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