It is remarkable that a candidate makes news for supporting basic scientific knowledge. Last week, Jon Huntsman took a remarkably sane (and thus controversial) stance by stating:
“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position,”
Unfortunately, the view that we look to scientists to understand science is not the norm. Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann are well known for ignoring basic scientific principles. Richard Dawkins summarized the absurdity of the situation in a recent blog:
In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.
Check out his entire, no-holds-barred essay. It is time to stop being polite and start fighting back against ignorance.