Obama nominates Francis Collins to become director of the National Institutes of Health

July 27, 2009

Does President Obama’s new nominee for director of the National Institutes of Health believe that we must look to religion to explain our moral sense? Sam Harris weighs in on Francis Collins   in this July 26 New York Times op-ed.

 

Comments:

#1 gray1 on Wednesday July 29, 2009 at 11:37am

We’ll just have to trust Obama on this one.  Of course such jobs are easy in, easy out if some wrong ideology becomes a problem with any given position, but there’s no evidence that Obama himself holds to or supports any secular humanism viewpoint, in fact the opposite is increasingly evident.

A professed Christian with a strong childhood Muslim background, Obama might ultimately be deemed to come in somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun, aka the scourge of god.  So… exactly what does both Christian and Moslem prophecies have in common?  It matters not that we can poo such thoughts, what matters is what direction the true (and dangerous) “fundies” of both religions might gravitate towards, all things considered. 

We can turn the pages back to our current President’s first few days and initial actions after taking office as a weathervane to see which way the wind is blowing, but from my own perspective it sucks.

#2 Dan Froese (Guest) on Wednesday July 29, 2009 at 7:38pm

No doubt, Collins has the credentials for the job.(The Human Genome Project) Hopfully his personal belief,that at some point in the evolutionary developement of the human species God injected this species with a soul, will not influence decisions he needs to make. Evidence as to where, when ie at what stage of development,this “event, this injection of a soul” took place remains a total mystery. Collins, a man of science claims it to be true however. It is what he calls the “leap of faith”. Aparently, according to Collins, science and religion are not at odds with one another. Whereas, he is entitled to his own beliefs I hope it will not affect decisions for funding of scinece and education health etc which will affect millions of Americans and other global citizens.

This is uncharactoristic of Obama. I have my doubts that Collins will stand up to the right wing creationist lobby which is something a man in his position needs to do.

#3 Mariano (Guest) on Tuesday August 04, 2009 at 9:36am

Fascinating that Harris would complain as he has admitted that he, himself, is becoming a scientist not in order to conduct unbiased research but in order to evidence his atheist presuppositions.

#4 Mariano (Guest) on Tuesday August 04, 2009 at 8:38pm

Sam Harris has a one word answer to all of the world’s ills: religion.
Thus, anyone who is religious is, a priori, part of the problem.
Moreover, as evidenced at the following link, Harris himself is becoming a scientist not in order to conduct unbiased research but in order to attempt to evidence atheism.

#5 gray1 on Wednesday August 05, 2009 at 8:03am

I am somewhat amused by the term “becoming a scientist”.

#6 Mariano on Saturday August 08, 2009 at 7:19am

Sam Harris has a one word answer to all of the world’s ills: religion.
Thus, anyone who is religious is, a priori, part of the problem.
Moreover, as evidenced at the following link,

It is rather odd that Sam Harris would criticize Francis Collins since Harris himself admitted that he is becoming a scientist not in order to conduct unbiased research but in order to attempt to evidence atheism.
http://atheismisdead.blogspot.com/2009/05/atheism-new-emergent-atheists-part-2-of.html
Also, FYI: interesting info on Collins is found here:
http://atheismisdead.blogspot.com/2009/04/john-horgan-and-francis-collins.html
http://atheismisdead.blogspot.com/2009/05/new-atheists-on-francis-collins.html

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