The NYTimes has published an essay by Lawrence Krauss on the Kansas School Board elections, the anti-science religious right, and religious faith. Krauss argues that scientific ignorance is not the same thing as religious belief. There are some fundamentalists whose faith prevent them from acknowledging strongly supported scientific consensus. But there are also a lot of scientists who attack the religious beliefs of others, and Krauss doesn’t like that either. Krauss concludes his essay thusly:
But when we win minor skirmishes, as we did in Kansas, we must remember that the issue is far deeper than this. We must hold our elected school officials to certain basic standards of knowledge about the world. The battle is not against faith, but against ignorance.
I agree with his first two sentences — in fact, we need to hold all elected officials accountable for what goes on in the real world. But faith is willful ignorance. We’ve seen what happens when Frances Collins blathers about his faith. Ditch the religion; it’s loaded with hypocrisy.