By now it should be clear to anyone that the far right is rabidly anti-science. From evolution to global warming to the idea that you can 'fix' gays and make them 'normal', the right seems to believe that you get to choose the reality you live in. Worse, they seem to think they have a right and a duty to drag everyone else into their Bizzarro universe. Bad Astronomy Blog reports:
In March, I wrote about (Democratic Representative) Brad Miller looking into science suppression in government-funded agencies. Miller went farther this week, introducing an amendment to a bill that would basically prevent the government from punishing whistle-blowers who want to report any suppression of scientific findings that were made using government funding. The bill was to formally recognize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a government agency, and was being considered by the House Science Committee. Several amendments were proposed, including Miller’s.
I have read this amendment, and it’s pretty clear: if someone in the NOAA feels that science is somehow being suppressed, the government can in no way make any moves to stop this person from pursuing recourse. This seems like a good idea to me, especially since the government has been suppressing scientific findings for some time now, and more allegations of it surface on a weekly basis. In fact, there have been issues with the NOAA specifically about the government suppressing global warming findings.
The Republicans on the House Science Committee disagree. The amendment was rejected, 17-13. Every no vote was from a Republican. Every yes vote was from a Democrat.
Now remember, it's the right who calls everything they disagree with 'junk science'. So you'd think they'd be happy to have bad science exposed. But the problem, you see, is that the people deciding what constitutes the suppression of real science wouldn't be James Dobson or Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson - it'd be actual scientists. Can't have the wizards running the show, I guess.
How far are people willing to take this anti-science moonyism? How about all the way back to the dark ages, where the sun orbits the Earth? From FixedEarth.com:
All of the evidence that is required to expose and destroy the counterfeit Copernican Model of a rotating and orbiting Earth--and the entire evolutionary paradigm resting upon that counterfeit--is set out in this book (HERE) & in scores of links on this web page.
Those who read some or all of these links will quickly realize that this is no idle claim. Rather--as will become evident with each subject listed--there is abundant hard proof that both the Copernican Counterfeit and the Big Bang Evolutionary Paradigm that is built upon it are factless frauds from start to finish.
Indeed, the diligent reader will be astonished at the level of demonstrable hi-tech fraud, baseless assumptions, occult mathematics, etc.,--all part of a religious conspiracy!--that has been at work over many centuries implanting the incredible evolution myth about the origin of the Universe, the Earth, and Mankind.
On this web page the Bible is not used to prove anything scientific. Instead, the scientific facts--along with historical and religious facts-- prove the Bible to be precisely what it claims to be, namely, the infallible Word of God.
Those who like what they read here--and are eager for more evidence in book form--will want to go HERE & HERE, and then: HERE, & HERE, and also: HERE to order The Earth Is Not Moving, The Truth About Evolution, and any of a dozen other book-length studies on Bible Doctrines.
So, welcome! Think of this as a "crash course" for people everywhere of all ages who are ready to learn how evolutionary mythology has deceived the world...and what it will mean to every living person when that deception is exposed.
(Marshall Hall, BS. MA + 2 years:...Advanced International Studies Ph.D. Program)
I didn't bother to include the links. I figure, if you're interested in the 14th century mind, just go to the page itself. I'm not offering this as anything other than an example. As far as I know, no one - left or right - thinks of believers in geocentrism as anything but crazy.
But, consider this, where do the anti-science segment of the public get their anti-science ideas? From idiot talking heads on the right. If Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly had this moron on their shows and put him across as a legitimate 'expert' once a week, how long do you think it would be before CNN started calling heliocentrism (the model where the earth orbits the sun) 'controversial'? How long would it be before rightwing robots started demanding that schools 'teach both sides'? I'm guessing six months - a year, tops.
We live in a world were some believe that the inarguable is arguable. That proof isn't as important as what the bible says or what's good for the corporate bottom line. On issues of science - whether it be the environment, astronomy, biology, medicine, etc. - I can't think of a single instance where the rightwing science deniers have been proven right. When science and ideology bump heads, science wins every time.
Anti-science is the boxer who keeps getting the shit knocked out of him and is too stupid to stay down. What I find most ironic about this anti-science movement is that they log on to their computers to go online and laugh at all the 'moonbats' who believe the earth isn't flat. Computer science is, apparently, OK - computer models are not.