To the editor:
For over 100 years the U.S. has been the unquestioned leader in science and technology. After World War II, the GI bill expanded higher education to more Americans than ever. It led to the longest, most sustained economic growth in our history. Science and technology put an American on the moon.
Now we find politicians, for political or religious reasons, denying science and talking of facts as hoaxes. They want to curtail science and technology education.
It was scary, almost unbelievable to read what the Texas State Board of Education, based on religious belief, did to their public school science and history texts. At least it wasn't in Iowa. Then yesterday, at least one Iowa legislator proposed allowing Iowa science teachers to refuse teaching science that violated their religious beliefs.
Homeschoolers in the U.S. frequently condemn Islamic madrasas for brainwashing Muslim youths. How can they be offended when Bill Maher refers to homeschooling in the U.S. as Christian madrasas? What do you call "education" designed to prevent science and technology, if not brainwashing?
Education is not evil. Science and technology education made us great - the dominant world power. Restricting science and technology education will only lead to ceding world leadership to Brazil, China and India. It certainly won't lead to more jobs.
Everyone (politicians, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, even atheist Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh, etc.) should be allowed to practice their beliefs.
They shouldn't be allowed to impose those beliefs to the detriment of the nation. We can't allow them to turn the U.S. into a third world country.