Via Bad Astronomy comes news that the United States government is pulling a “Catholic Church” by squelching science and wisdom:
So now we have an ex-Surgeon General saying the Bush White House pressured him not to talk about stem cell research and other topics not deemed palatable by this troglodyte Administration that is so routinely antiscience that if they said the Sun rises in the West we’d have a hundred slavering “journalists” saying they have been saying that for years, and hardly anyone would notice.
And this is what Carmona stated, quite clearly:
“Anything that doesn’t fit into the political appointees’ ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried,” Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation’s top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee.
This is not a partisan issue – everybody in government with a modicum of power and responsibility is to share this blame equally. If you truly believe that the government has your best interests at heart, I’d encourage you to start thinking with your brain instead of your goddamned television set.
Either they haven’t figured out how to properly monetize stem cell solutions, or the pharmaceuticals’ pockets are far deeper. Trust me – at the end of the day, this is a money issue (not a science issue, nor a religious issue). This is the way politics works – and your ignorant life is the one on the line.
If you already know that your life is on the line and you’re not doing anything about it, you’re not ignorant – you’re stupid. You can’t keep dismissing these issues and expect that some pundit on the radio or television is going to give it to you straight. There is no supreme source for information (despite what CNN or Fox News or The New York Times or Time Magazine or Sean Hannity or Al Franken would have you believe).
The Earth is flat. It’s the truth because we’re told it’s the truth. It’s the truth because those in power tell you it’s the truth. It’s the truth because everybody believes it’s the truth. The Earth is flat – common sense.
Now, let’s see how long it takes before Dr. Carmona suffers a character assassination…
When Copernicus published his work, he was contradicting what the Church taught and thus was a heretic. Since Copernicus died before anything could be done to him, the worst punishment was that his book was placed on the Index (list of “naughty” books) in 1616 and wasn’t removed until 1835. However, people who came later suffered by way of the Catholic Church, in particular Bruno and Galileo who were both called before the Inquisition and charged with being heretics.