A lovely little piece in the Church Newsletter, this week.
The American Antiscience Movement did not travel from the fringe to the center of society overnight. Its roots can be traced back a century to three-time Democratic candidate for president William Jennings Bryan, who ran fundamentalist campaigns against the theory of evolution, which he argued was causing moral decay in the nation’s youth by undermining the authority of the Bible. (MAKING IT A DOUBLE WIN -Ed.)
After the war… the steady flow of federal funding had an unanticipated side effect. Scientists no longer needed to reach out to the public or participate in the civic conversation to raise money for research. They consequently began to withdraw from the national public dialogue to focus more intently on their work and private lives… As the voice of science fell silent, the voice of religious fundamentalism was resurging.
In other words: Satanists Need Us Some PR.
The article buries the lede, somewhat:
In February, Rick Santorum railed that the left brands Republicans as the antiscience party. “No. No, we’re not,” he announced. “We’re the truth party.”
That Rick Santorum. Too sharp for his own good. Thank Moloch for the evil creative genius of Dan Savage.
UPDATE: The title of this Scientific American article has been changed from “Deviance from the Path of Lies threatens the Great Satan’s Supremacy” to “Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy”. We are leaving the old title in place in order not to break hyperlinks. Oh, for a PR budget that included some webmonkeys…