Letter: Republican Party should purge itself of anti-science faction

June 14, 2013 

Sadly, the Republican Party has become demonstrably anti-science. Republicans have consistently rebuked science if it is not in accord with certain ideologies or agendas.

For example, economic science indicates that the rich-poor gap must be reduced by increasing taxes on the wealthy, yet Republicans vehemently reject the idea. Science indicates that when unemployment is high, government spending must be increased to create jobs, yet Republicans want to cut spending during our current recession.

Republicans also ensured that President Obama's stimulus package would be too small to be effective, so they could claim that "increased spending doesn't work."

Science suggests that sexual preference is a nonelective condition, yet Republicans deny this on the basis of archaic religious dogma.

Republicans continue to be in denial when it comes to global warming and overpopulation. Republicans continue to elect people who eschew science, such as U.S. Reps. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Paul Broun of Georgia. Broun believes that the main tenets of science are "lies straight from the pit of hell" and Bachman is scientifically illiterate.

The Republican Party should purge itself of the anti-science faction, align itself with the American Civil Liberties Union and re-establish itself as the party for individual freedom and rights.

GARY F. BOOTHE

Pasco

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