Many in academia say that religion is ruining science and preventing research and development dollars from the government from going into things like stem cell research and biotech. This may be in fact true however we also need to look at the flip side of things.
For instance political correctness is forcing billions of dollars of research and development monies to go into alternative energy projects, prototypes and products at an astounding rate and this fact is causing fewer dollars to go to other things. Political correctness also slows down and complicates research and eliminates free thinkers.
So one could say that both the religious right and the Democrat liberals are both killing science. In fact, we need some middle ground here and we need to increase the research spending and the monitor the efficiency of the money we have spent to make sure we're getting the biggest bang for our buck in the research we do.
I believe that if you spend money in research and development today you'll get back ten times the benefit in future periods. In fact if we spend money to develop new markets for industry our government and civilization will be rewarded with more jobs and more taxable income so we can spend even more on research and development while maintaining the flows of our civilization with increased tax revenues. We should not let political correctness or religion kill science or slow down the forward progression of mankind especially the United States of America. Please consider this in 2006.