In the May 6, 2006 issue of Time magazine, on page 8, Hank Davis asks the following question (in response to previous cover article, “Is America Flunking Science?”): “If Americans are truly concerned about falling behind, why do they waste precious time teaching religion in science classes?”
In a paragraph (i.e., a normal comment-length paragraph :), how would you respond to Mr. Davis?
Though I’m more interested in that first question (argument), you might also include an aside on (The Rev.) Jimmy Shelbourn’s comment (same page), which likely comes from a similar camp, but with a different twist:
Why are Americans losing ground to countries like China, South Korea and India in science and technology [Feb. 13]? Duh! We have a scientifically illiterate President, megachurches that insist that creation is 6,000 years old and an anti-intellectual climate that casts anyone of intelligence as a suspected terrorist. Falling behind in science? We are falling behind in intelligence!
Lest you think I’m too lazy to come up with my own answer, I’m working on it, and will post my response :)
(By the way, if you pick up the above May 6 issue, check out the ad directly across from the letters page, the one with the library check-out card. It’s one of the most effective, eye-grabbing ads I’ve seen for a long time. I’m sure it was expensive, but oh, so worth it, it seems to me.)