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And continues to spiral downwards in some parts of the Muslim world. But places like Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Dubai are technological marvels in terms of architecture and mod cons for the super rich. But the technology is not home grown, they look to China and Japan for development.
I fear America might have started down that road. If the religious right managed to get Creationism on the syllabus, then its not long before Science in schools will start to be dumbed down. They couldn't ban stem cell and 'in vitro' research but managed to put a stop to govt funding.
We could be seeing another cycle of the most developed nations failing because of religious dogma
The religious right are a scary lot who would happily scrap their constitution and turn America into a theocracy.