Over at the Washington Monthly’s “Political Animal” blog, Steve Benen has given us a thumbs up, and correctly observes that “it doesn’t matter whether the typical American has memorized the periodic table or can explain string theory; what matters is whether the typical American appreciates the role of science in modern life, and places a high value on scientific inquiry and integrity.”
Then lots of comments ensued, and I found particularly revealing this one, from “Hannah”:
I will say, once again, that it’s insulting to continually read from progressive commenters here and other places that I must be a “crazy” who believes in “fairy tales”, etc. because I am a Christian. For the record, I have a degree in science (from a highly-regarded state university known for its science programs), have worked as a research assistant, am always trying to learn more about the natural world. The Christian denomination I belong to and many others are not like the fundies, and in fact are appalled at what those folks are doing. Many of us speak out against their un-Christian and other actions that harm their children (re education), the country and the world.
It seems to me that Hannah is our ally in the cause of better public acceptance of science–and I for one, am glad for it.