March 21, 2008

Words of Wisdom: Katha Pollitt

The following is from a speech by Katha Pollitt at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's 2007 annual convention:
Ultimately, the United States has to make its way in the modern world. That's the only world there is. Our modern global economy runs on knowledge, on science, on innovation, and competition. We cannot be top country if we let science and education be run by people who think the dinosaurs drowned in Noah's flood. We can't be in the forefront of biotechnology, an enormous industry, and medicine, if the federal government bans funding stem-cell research to please a religious minority in order to win votes on election day - which is really all it's about. Other countries will do that research. They will find the cures, they will get the patents, they will generate the jobs and the profits.
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