I agree with most of the commentary by Charles M. Blow, "Indoctrinating religious warriors," (Voices, Jan. 6) about the devastating effects on our society of the anti-science attitudes held by the 40 percent of Americans who deny evolution, but I disagree with his not having a problem with religious faith "as long as it doesn't supersede science and impose outdated mores on others."
Faith is belief without evidence or belief in the face of contrary evidence. Someone asserting that something is true based on faith is admitting that he or she has no evidence for that assertion. Such assertions often contradict the faith-based assertions of others (i.e., Jesus is/is not God, the Bible is/is not inerrant, etc,) so not all statements based on faith are true. In fact, it is not possible to know which assertions, if any, are true.
Scientific beliefs on the other hand are based on reason and evidence which are reliable ways to get at the truth. Anti-scientific faith beliefs inhibit the emergence of new scientists, threaten our competiveness and prosperity and adversely affect our well-being, rights and liberties.
It is time to jettison faith because it is unreliable and base our beliefs on evidence and reason which is reliable.
MICHAEL SMITH, Pasco