Re: [atheists-487] Obama appointed a hold-over Creationist to head NIH?

From: Darren G.
Sent on: Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:44 PM
I think that one opinion can change everything when it comes to 
qualifications for a top government job.

For example, suppose Collins held the opinion that women were inferior 
to men, *but* suppose that his scientific and management credentials 
were impeccable. Would he be fit to be the head of the NIH? I don't 
think so. I see his religious opinions as no less offensive to his 
appointment.

YaraMC wrote:
> Darren, thank you for that article. Frances, as an older woman, I am 
> all too familiar with the way such believers compartmentalize their 
> "scientific discipline" and still manage to hold on to the belief in 
> the inferiority of women and certain ethnic groups, in the "rightness 
> of their own beliefs and the "wrongness" of others' beliefs. Such a 
> person has no place in a secular government. I don't want his biases 
> clouding his judgment in any way. I don't want to give such as he the 
> chance to "turn to god" in moments of stress.
>
> YaraMC
>
> --- On *Thu, 7/9/09, Darren Gates /<[address removed]>/* wrote:
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>     From: Darren Gates <[address removed]>
>     Subject: Re: [atheists-487] Obama appointed a hold-over
>     Creationist to head NIH?
>     To: [address removed]
>     Date: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 11:42 AM
>
>     This is a good article by my hero, Sam Harris:
>
>     http://www.truthd...­
>
>
>     Frances Prevas wrote:
>     > Don't go overboard.
>     >
>     > Francis Collins is a well regarded scientist and administrator,
>     and PZ Myers says he will make a good administrator.
>     >
>     > http://scienceblo...­
>     >
>     >
>     > He's not a Young Earth Creationist or a Bible literalist. He
>     might think that there are first hand accounts in the New
>     Testament, but a fair number of people think that, even without
>     believing that Jesus rose from the dead.
>     >
>     >
>     >
>     > --- On Thu, 7/9/09, YaraMC <[address removed]
>     </mc/compose?to=[­address removed]>> wrote:
>     >
>     >   
>     >> From: YaraMC <[address removed]
>     </mc/compose?to=[­address removed]>>
>     >> Subject: Re: [atheists-487] Obama appointed a hold-over
>     Creationist to head NIH?
>     >> To: [address removed]
>     </mc/compose?to=[­address removed]>
>     >> Date: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 10:52 AM
>     >> I have been a Democrat all my life,
>     >> but Obama is turning out to be following and imitating all
>     >> of Bush's retrograde and anti-woman policies. I will NOT
>     >> be voting again for this man.
>     >>
>     >>
>     Obama=Bush,Obama=Bus­h,Obama=Bush,Obama=B­ush,Obama=Bush,Obama­=Bush,Obama=Bush,Oba­ma=Bush,
>     >> Obama=Bush,Obama=Bus­h.
>     >>
>     >> I'm sick and tired of it.
>     >>
>     >> YaraMC
>     >> --- On Thu, 7/9/09, Neil Clark
>     >> <[address removed] </mc/compose?to=[­address removed]>> wrote:
>     >>
>     >> From: Neil Clark <[address removed]
>     </mc/compose?to=[­address removed]>>
>     >> Subject: [atheists-487] Obama appointed a hold-over
>     >> Creationist to head NIH?
>     >> To: [address removed]
>     </mc/compose?to=[­address removed]>
>     >> Date: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 10:36 AM
>     >>
>     >> I am all for bi-partisan
>     >> inclusiveness...but that doesn't mean that I'll sit
>     >> quietly by as a
>     >>  bible-believer is placed at the head of the National
>     >> Institutes of Health - presumably to placate a vocal
>     >> minority of prideful
>     >> Right-Wing know-nothings...
>     >>
>     >>
>     http://rawstory.c...­
>     >>
>     >> Neil Clark
>     >> Long Beach CA
>     >>     
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