At one point in the New Hampshire debate, Huckabee bristled at being asked about his position on the origins of life. "I'm not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book. I'm asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States," he said.Not only that, but putting a Christian extremist such as Huckabee or Brownback in the White House would distance the next president from virtually all thinking Americans!
But with that job comes significant influence over public education, as we have seen with the Bush administration's imposition of teaching standards. The Oval Office job also plays a role in defining the nation's response to harmful atmospheric changes that many scientists say are man-made, and in determining government's response to calls for expanded stem cell research, which could alter lives afflicted with disease.
Putting a religious absolutist in the White House might sharply reduce the role of science in our national life - and distance the next president from the thinking of a lot of Americans.
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