Monday, April 11, 2005

Science Advisor == Wingnut Ph.D

Thanks to a tip from Plutonium Page over at DailyKos I looked into Senator Brownback's science advisor, a Dr. David Prentice. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas and was a Professor of Life Sciences at Indiana State University. Pretty impressive credentials.

These days, Dr. Prentice is a Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at the Family Research Council. It is a sad day in America when I automatically assume that anything with "family" as a prominent part of their name is a wingnut organization, but in this case it is true.

The Family Research Council is, well, I'll let them explain:
The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.
Now doesn't that sound like a rational, scientific mission? A "Judeo-Christian Worldview"? It doesn't exactly sound objective. What is a scientist trained in biochemistry doing working for the Family Research Council? It appears that he is trotted out like a mustachioed show pony every time there is debate on stem cell research to claim that although we don't know all of the possible benefits of embryonic stem cells, we certainly should not study them.

So just remember that Senator Brownback's science advisor works for an organization that is fighting to protect the "wellspring of society".

All I have to say is "Keep your hands off my seedbed!"


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