Glad you liked it.LOL! No, I had not seen that before. I love The Onion. I especially like the cartoon about evangelicals insisting that water freezes according to when God says so, and and that is what should be taught in school, and he Indian and Chinese science students hoping that the evangelicals in the US win so they can get their jobs. It's funny, yet it makes a good point too
I think that ship has sailed (can you see the wake, RR?). From "Gathering Storm Threatens U.S. Competitiveness" at http://thebreakthrough.org/archive/gathering_...It's funny, yet it makes a good point too: if the science-phobic religious extremists in this country had their way with our children, they'd end up harming not only our kids but the future of this country.
"The report attributes declining U.S. competitiveness to major underinvestment in scientific research and education as other nations make progress on key competitiveness indicators, affecting America's relative ability to compete for new factories, research facilities, and jobs."
America doesn't value science like it once did, and this is reflected in the falling numbers of competitive American students vying successfully for positions in the graduate departments of American universities, and in reduced funding of science. American entrepreneurs may continue to profit handsomely from technology, but they'll do it by hiring foreign scientists, and probably in foreign countries. Christian antiscientism is only one factor here, however. Globalism and capitalism play there as well.
Regarding funding of science in America, the head of the NIH, Francis Collins, is a zealous born again Christian. Here's San Harris (again) on that in a superb essay at http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/the-s... .
"[A]s director of the institutes, Collins will have more responsibility for biomedical and health-related research than any person on earth, controlling an annual budget of more than $30 billion. He will also be one of the foremost representatives of science in the United States. For this reason, it is important to understand Collins’ religious beliefs as they relate to scientific inquiry"
Christian antiscientism, which is mostly aimed at evolution, is also undermining confidence in climate scientists, the fallout from which may be even more devastating than the loss of American scientific competitiveness.