Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Godless morality with its slip showing

Fifty-two per cent of Republican voters reject the theory of evolution, saying mankind was created in present form within the last 10,000 years; just 31 per cent think man-made climate change is happening. In Congress, Republicans fought stem cell research and the HPV vaccine. Sarah Palin, ignoramus-in-chief, mocked “fruit-fly research” as a “pet project [with] little or nothing to do with the public good,” rejecting at a stroke most advances in genetics since Gregor Mendel.
- Tom Chivers, posting under the heading "Republicans turn their back on the Enlightenment" and revealingly failing to distinguish between rejecting evolution because it conflicts with religious dogma and opposing embryonic stem cell research on moral grounds. Research=science=good. I'm certainly disappointed by Rick Santorum's stance on evolution and think he would do better to be guided by the Pope, but if forced to choose I'd trust his moral reasoning sooner than Mr Chivers', since the very possibilty of moral reasoning rests on our being more than just highly-evolved monkeys.

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