01 Sep '11, 4pm

Conservative pundits grapple with ‘anti-science’ charge, flail:

Ever since Rick Perry expressed skepticism about both evolution and climate change, conservative pundits have rushed to defend Perry and the GOP from the charge that they are "anti-science." Their efforts aren't doing them any favors . The latest is from Rich Lowry , editor of National Review , who seems to entirely miss the force of the accusation. It's true that Perry "hasn’t criticized the scientific method, or sent the Texas Rangers to chase out from the state anyone in a white lab coat." But no one thinks Perry is opposed to science as such . The point, as Jon Chait says , is that he has a propensity to disregard empirical scientific results when they conflict with his ideological commitments. Lowry says, "Perry's somewhat doubtful take on evolution has more to do with a general impulse to preserve a role for God in creation than a careful evaluation of the work of, s...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-skeptics/2011-09-01-conserva...

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