RE: [asa] Defendscience vs. Collins

From: George Cooper <>
Date: Fri Sep 04 2009 - 13:46:48 EDT

Thanks for all the comments. The suggestion to offer support of Collins is
a great one and I have called the toll free number Rich has provided and
added my name to the list of "Yeah-sayers". J


I also gave Defend Science my objection to the article's axiomatic &
atheistic viewpoint by using the article's email link.




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To: Murray Hogg
Subject: Re: [asa] Defendscience vs. Collins



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

Something else which is disconcerting;

A couple of years ago the same people were saying

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

Individual scientists may be atheists or agnostics, or may hold various
religious beliefs; and their politics range over the full spectrum of
political views.

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?



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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