Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Here we go again -- Part 3

This site has no political agenda, except when politics impinges on science. President Bush's recent remarks on teaching of intelligent design in the science classroom is one of those occasions. "Both sides ought to be properly taught...so people can understand what the debate is about," said Mr. Bush. Of course, there is no debate within the scientific community.

Comments in the European press continued over the weekend, a mixture of incredulity and dismay. Here is the Irish journalist Diarmuid Doyle in the Irish Sunday Tribune: "In less than five years under Bush, the US has become an ugly, coarse and belligerent nation. Now it threatens to become stupid as well, elevating superstition and nonsense to the level of proven truth." I am not endorsing Doyle -- I don't think things are as bad as all that -- merely reporting what has sadly become common opinion in a country that was formerly rapturously disposed to any US president, Democrat or Republican.