It is odd to hear the moral superiority in our chatterers’ commentary on Obama’s reversal of the ban on Federal funding of stem cell research. Clearly they detest "superstition" triumphing over science.
I’m glad the ban has been reversed, though I think that not spending a fervent minority’s tax money on something they believe to be wicked can be a legitimate compromise, as long as the research itself is not banned.
But our smug commentators should think for a while about what our GE science is suffering at the hands of superstitious Greens.
And was it not just last week that a windfarm was barred, on public land (and even private land of willing owners) out of "respect’ for Maori superstition. The reports did not say why the areas concerned were sacred – so perhaps I’m being unfair if the Maori objections were really just aesthetic, dressed up as spiritual. But the court adopted the spiritual language.
Superstition’s interferences in New Zealand do not just stop at denying Government funding. Our religious police ban private conduct, which George Bush did not.