Re: [asa] Defendscience vs. Collins

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Thu Sep 03 2009 - 17:09:14 EDT

Hi Rich,

Interesting to read the Wikipedia page on Sen. Harkin and note his views on stem cell research (in favour of) as well as some of his views on other matters.

That Collins' strongest supporter should be so obviously NOT a member of the Religious Right should give some pause to those who see something fishy in Collins' appointment.

The more I learn, the more I worry about the (ab)use of science to bolster an anti-religious agenda in politics!


Rich Blinne wrote:
> 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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