Beware of those who would legislate their ideology and cloak it with bad science.

The most familiar example of this is Young Earth Creationism, backed by legions of fundamentalist lawmakers worldwide trying to change education standards to require the teaching of religious creation stories in place of science-based history. This particular movement is so pervasive that specific examples are superfluous. One need only visit the web site of the National Center for Science Education to get the latest updates on virtually all such pending legislation. But there are many other examples of legislated pseudoscience, more insidious, that give a better impression of being about protecting the public. Let’s look at a few of these.
It’s also important to note that politicians don’t always need an ideology to legislate based on bad science; sometimes all they need is ignorance.


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