Obama’s faith-based administration?

The president today nominated Dr. Francis S. Collins as head of the National Institutes of Health. Uh-oh:

There are two basic objections to Dr. Collins. The first is his very public embrace of religion. He wrote a book called “The Language of God,” and he has given many talks and interviews in which he described his conversion to Christianity as a 27-year-old medical student. Religion and genetic research have long had a fraught relationship, and some in the field complain about what they see as Dr. Collins’s evangelism.

The other objection stems from his leadership of the Human Genome Project, which is part of the N.I.H. Although Dr. Collins was widely praised in 2003 when the effort succeeded, the hopes that this discovery would yield an array of promising medical interventions have greatly dimmed, discouraging many.

Obama must be up to no good. But what could it be?

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posted July 9, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hooray for the nomination. Here is proof that science and faith can co-exist not merely peacefully, but productively. What Obama is doing dismantling the phoney baloney system that Bush put into place as a way to placate his conservative supporters while justifying anything he and Cheney wanted to do. But rather than simply empty the office, Obama is putting into place people who are able to actually accomplish some good.

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posted July 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Ya know, since when did the assumption become that it was better to have a person without conviction in a position than a person with conviction? Thank God, that Obama is broad-minded enough to be able to see beyond what may or may not be difference of opinion. In the meantime, he gives a lot of people a voice by picking someone who will speak for them.

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