On the heels of yesterdays post of the Daily Show takedown of anti-vaccine liberals (outbreak of liberal idiocy), a great politico article by Tara Haelle points out that both political sides have science deniers. Democrats and Republicans, and anyone in-between, are happy to tout science when it supports their cause, but are also happy to deny science when it is inconvenient… guess we’re all hypocrites. While Republicans deny the science of man-made climate change or evolution, Democrats tend to deny the science of vaccines or genetically modified organisms (GMO foods). The good news is that being anti-science is a bipartisan issue. However, the horrible news is that when you look at the issue, more and more people are willing to use or abuse science to their liking, rather than for what it is.
“But such cries of false equivalence miss the point. The issue isn’t whether the Democrats are anti-science enough to match the anti-science lunacy of Republicans. The point is that any science denialism exists on the left at all. If there is grime in my bathroom and grime in my kitchen, I don’t stand there and contemplate which one has more filth; my house won’t be clean until I have scoured both.”