I think we can all already see the defense the right wing is throwing up to rationalize Sarah Palin’s inane remarks about “fruit fly research in Paris, France”: she wasn’t disparaging all research into fruit flies, but only one specific earmark for studying agricultural pests.
The context of that comment was that she was claiming research had “little or nothing to do with the public good”, and she brought up these seemingly trivial little animals and a place the right wing despises as dogwhistles to her hoople-headed fans. Claiming now that she was making an informed criticism of a specific study is a feeble attempt to distract with a lie.
Remember, this is the crank governor of Alaska who denies evolution and global warming, the backup candidate to a man who mocks research into bear DNA and calls a multimillion dollar educational tool an “overhead projector”, from a party that ridicules people with Parkinson’s because they want more stem cell research, and idiots want to claim that she isn’t really anti-science because in this one case she was actually targeting an instance of applied research that directly benefits agricultural interests?
That’s insane. You have to be a purblind slavering zombie of the Rethuglican party to swallow that.
It goes deeper than just trying to belittle science, too — we are a technological society that is entirely dependent on the advancements science has brought to us, that is facing a new series of challenges that will require new science to overcome. The Assemblies of God churches are not going to come up with anything to help with global warming, alternative energy, new medicine, new reproductive technologies, new discoveries, new ideas. Science is our tool to help people, yet the Republican party only sees it as a kind of armament factory to help them kill strangers in foreign lands. As John Cole put it, “why is it that the people who claim to adhere to the culture of life are so filled with hate for…people?”