Re: [asa] Defendscience vs. Collins

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Thu Sep 03 2009 - 16:35:33 EDT

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM, Murray Hogg <>wrote:

> Something else which is disconcerting;
> A couple of years ago the same people were saying (
> <cite>
> To be clear: Many who continue to hold religious beliefs can and should
> rally to this call to DEFEND SCIENCE. This is not about science trying to
> destroy religion. It is about defending science from a specific right-wing
> political agenda which, coupled with a fundamentalist, Biblical-literalist
> religious ideology, is setting out to implement a program that will
> fundamentally pervert and undermine science and the scientific process
> itself.
> Individual scientists may be atheists or agnostics, or may hold various
> religious beliefs; and their politics range over the full spectrum of
> political views.
> </cite>
> When such declarations are made in the name of science and then blithely
> brushed aside, it's easy to see why some would argue that scientific
> "tolerance" of religion is only a ploy to win over, and eventually crush,
> religious belief.
> Were I an American I would be taking Merv's advice and writing a letter to
> congratulate the responsible party - perhaps somebody could locate and post
> the relevant details for the benefit of the group?
> Blessings,
> Murray
This is Dr. Collins' new boss and presumably had a hand in the nomination.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

From what I can tell Dr. Collins' biggest supporter in the Senate is Senator
Tom Harkin (D-IA).

The Honorable Tom Harkin
United States Senate
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510-1502

Telephone: 202-224-3254

Rich Blinne
Member ASA

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