It’s Always the Other Side that has the Anti-Science Zealots

Ted Cruz (CC: Gage Skidmore)

Ted Cruz (CC: Gage Skidmore)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz struck back at his critics on the left by calling them “anti-science zealots.” He specifically targeted those who want GMO labeling and those who oppose biotechnology.

“The hard-core left loves ridiculing Christians who believe scripture that says God created the heaven and the earth. They say that it’s anti-science to believe that an almighty God would do such a thing. But when it comes to biotech, suddenly these same voices become the most anti-science zealots we’ve ever seen.”

Cruz has a point. There is plenty of anti-scientific thinking on the left. From vaccines to nuclear power to biotech, the left is as bad as the right. Then again, no one ever claimed that political ideology was a gateway to understanding science. However, that is no excuse for Cruz not to look at the right’s own science denial.

The irony is that as Cruz laid out his criticisms of the left’s anti-science views, the same argument could be turned on its head and pointed at the right for the same anti-science views on climate change, for example.

“We need to stand up to the hysteria,” Cruz said in discussing genetically modified foods. “For families, for parents, that don’t want to feed their kids GMOs, in the private marketplace, there has grown up an abundant market. You can go and purchase organic, if you want to pay more… We shouldn’t let anti-science zealotry shut down the ability to produce low-cost, quality food for billions across the globe.”

And no one should let anti-science zealotry threaten the awareness that the earth’s climate is changing through human influence, but Cruz will never say that.

We live in a technological world created by science and depending on science for its existence. Yet, science has become a political football, kicked around and manipulated by all sides of the political spectrum. No one stakes a claim as anti-science, but the phrase is tossed by both sides as a political hand grenade. The truth is that neither side can claim to be pro-science when science is just another phrase to achieve an ideological platform.

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