Why do Republicans hate (fear) science?

Yet once again as we approach Election Day in America, many on the right are stepping up their attacks on science, whether it is global warming or evolution or childhood vaccination. In a world driven by the advances that science and scientists have bestowed upon us over the past three hundred years, there are some who continue to exploit the ignorance found in many Americans.

They vow to stop the EPA’s regulation of green house gases, they push for the teaching of ‘intelligent design’ in biology classes and they want their version of history taught in America’s schools. Despite the reality of tens of thousands researchers using evolutionary science in their quest for knowledge about life on this planet, no matter the number of climatologists who tell the world that humanity is the primary cause of global warming and the hundreds of thousands of medical practitioners who will vouch for the effectiveness of childhood vaccines, there are some Americans who seem to fear reality and to prefer holding tight to ideas that a smart 12 year old can debunk.

Despite the validation of the science being confirmed by multiple queries into the emails of “Climategate”, we have the following promise from Republicans

GOP plans attacks on the EPA and climate scientists

Several key Republican Congressmen — most notably Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who could take over the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — have said they plan to investigate climate scientists they contend manipulated data to prove the case that human activity is contributing to global warming.

In Virginia, fundamentalist Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continues his legal attacks on Professor Michael Mann, he of the famous “hockey stick” graph.

Back in May, as campaigns heated up we could read the following
Alabama Gov. Candidate Attacked for Belief in Evolution and what was his response?

As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God … As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books.

Didn’t do him much good, he lost in the Republican primary.

Time and again, Republican politicians have either refused to answer questions about the Theory of Evolution or have vowed that they, as Mr Byrne in Alabama did, “believe every single word of the bible is true.


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