Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the world has watched as the federal government of the United States of America has become antagonistic to science. The political, economic and religious agendas of the Bush Administration have led to systematic distortion of scientific studies by the government. It’s a lucky thing that science requires thorough review and replication of results. Without these mechanisms, the Bush Republican interference could lead to the ruin of innovation and education in the United States.
It’s clear that the next President needs to dedicate the White House to restoration of scientific integrity and independence from political interference within the government. Unfortunately, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has pledged to continue George W. Bush’s antagonistic distortion of science.
Mike Huckabee has actually said, in the political sphere, that when his beliefs are contradicted by scientific research, he will make decisions based on his beliefs. “Science changes with every generation and with new discoveries, and God doesn’t, so I’ll stick with God if the two are in conflict,” Huckabee says.
God doesn’t change with every generation? Really, Mr. Huckabee? Weren’t Southern Baptist preachers like yourself saying that mixed-race marriages were against the will of God just a couple generations ago?
Science does not change, because science is a process, not a fixed set of beliefs that refuse to be challenged. But yes, the body of scientific insight does change from year to year. It gets better, because the essence of science is the consideration of new information as it becomes available.
Mike Huckabee has said that he doesn’t think that the ongoing consideration of science is a good idea. Huckabee seems to think that all a political leader has to do is believe something, and then stick with that belief, no matter what new information suggests.
That’s just the sort of dull-witted, stubborn, faith-based thinking that got America into Iraq. When religious politicians like Mike Huckabee refuse to accept the worth of scientific research, it isn’t just a problem for government scientists. It’s a problem for everything aspect of federal activity.
Feeling around problems with the heart may be a fine professional standard for a Southern Baptist preacher, but we need a President who knows what the head is for.