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    Filed at 4:49 pm under by dcobranchi

    I wish the Bush Administration took the War on Terror as seriously as it appears to be taking the War on Science:

    The Big Bang memo came from Mr. Deutsch, a 24-year-old presidential appointee in the press office at NASA headquarters whose résumé says he was an intern in the “war room” of the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. A 2003 journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he was also the public-affairs officer who sought more control over Dr. Hansen’s public statements.

    In October 2005, Mr. Deutsch sent an e-mail message to Flint Wild, a NASA contractor working on a set of Web presentations about Einstein for middle-school students. The message said the word “theory” needed to be added after every mention of the Big Bang.

    The Big Bang is “not proven fact; it is opinion,” Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, “It is not NASA’s place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator.”

    It continued: “This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most.”

    Yes, it’s a theory. It’d be nice if the folks who are attempting to make science policy in this country bothered to look up the definition for “scientific theory.”

    3 Responses to “THE WAR ON SCIENCE, CONT’D”

    Comment by
    February 4th, 2006
    at 5:27 pm

    Didn’t the Pope (John Paul 2nd) support the Big Bang theory on the basis that it left room for a creator, and that the theory states that there was a moment when the universe began?

    And if not the Big Bang theory then what? The “steady state” theory? Because there’s so much room for a creator in THAT.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    February 4th, 2006
    at 5:35 pm

    The alternative to the big Bang is YEC.

    Comment by
    February 6th, 2006
    at 4:45 pm

    This must be what it’s like to be in Iran; the only difference is that our mullahs come from Texas. Yeee-hah!