Science V Religion – The Funding Round

Hopefully I don’t need to convince anyone reading this blog of what a bad idea this is. I don’t know how successful these programs are, but it’s not as though the money is being put into other programs promoting science on the basis that they can do it better. Instead it’s a straight money saving operation.

Meanwhile, as my friend Paul Norton has noted, far larger sums continue to be poured into the Chaplaincy program. At best this provides untrained counselors for schools, more often it is simply a chance for religious groups to attempt to recruit followers, and on at least some occasions it amounts to government funding of homophobia and attempts to drive vulnerable teens to suicide. Obviously far more of a priority than the promotion of science.

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About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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