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.