Monday, November 22, 2004

Creationism and the Right

Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation weighs in with these worthy sentiments. Here's an excerpt:


I've written before about how the Right wants to dismantle the achievements of the 20th century--the New Deal, environmentalism, civil rights and civil liberties. But now rightwing social conservatives, our home-grown fundamentalists, are seeking to unravel the scaffolding of science and reason, and this battle deserves attention from humanists of all stripes. One of the most virulent expressions of the rightwing assault on modernity is the war against evolution being waged in America's classrooms and courtrooms, parks and civic institutions.


And later:


The rightwing assault on the Enlightenment extends well beyond putting creationism on equal footing with evolutionary science. The Bush Administration has truncated stem cell research, promoted abstinence-only sex education, undermined Roe v. Wade and supported federal funding for faith- based institutions. “Respect for evidence seems not to pertain any more,” Garry Wills recently argued in an op-ed.


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