Here’s a depressing comparison for you:
2012 US Science Budget*: $85.2 billion
Yearly losses due to religious tax exemptions: Over $71 billion
We could basically double the US Science Budget, but instead we continue to bow to religious privilege. Priorities, indeed.
*Funding the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Defense Department, US Department of Agriculture, US Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.