Monday, June 06, 2011

Anti-Science Advocate Running for President

Today, Rick Santorum announced his bid for presidency. I don't know how much of a chance he's got, but given he's up against complete clowns like Bachmann, he might have a fair chance of getting the nomination.

However, if that's the case, Santorum is a dangerous person for science to have as a president. If his name sounds familiar, it may be because of his infamous "Santorum Amendment" which sought to amend the NCLB act to cater to the Discovery Institute's "Teach the Controversy" mantra by singling evolution out for special criticisms. In specific, he suggested science teachers help students distinguish between real science and "philosophical or religious claims that are made in the name of science". Sounds good, until you realize that, according to Santorum, "biological evolution ... relies heavily on the sensitive philosophical belief that evolutionary change can give rise to new species".

Herp derp.

Fortunately, Santorum only got his amendment into the Senate version of the bill. Since the House version lacked it, a special committee was appointed to decide on it and eventually rejected it.

Since then, Santorum has been flip-flopping on whether or not he supports ID, but has also come out against global warming. Given his poor track record, he's someone that anyone caring about science, should stay away from.

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