The only science the Trump administration understands is that depriving people of health care kills them. This is a fact:
The science division of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was unstaffed as of Friday as the three remaining employees departed this week, sources tell CBS News.
All three employees were holdovers from the Obama administration. The departures from the division — one of four subdivisions within the OSTP — highlight the different commitment to scientific research under Presidents Obama and Trump.
Under Mr. Obama, the science division was staffed with nine employees who led the charge on policy issues such as STEM education, biotechnology and crisis response. It’s possible that the White House will handle these issues through staff in other divisions within the OSTP.
On Friday afternoon, Eleanor Celeste, the assistant director for biomedical and forensic sciences at the OSTP, tweeted, “Science division out. Mic drop” before leaving the office for the last time.
Last week I noted Neil Gorsuch’s progress as justice. His dissent in what looked like a minor case involving birth certificates and foster parents. The Supreme Court has chosen to hear a case involving the so-called “religious liberty” of a Colorado plaintiff who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple. Reviewving John Corvino’s Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, John Culhane dismisses the concept.
Religious freedom laws are “not really about freedom. They’re about signaling disapproval for certain forms of life. Their proponents want freedom for themselves that they proudly oppose for LGBT citizens: the freedom to marry, [and] the freedom to enter the commercial sphere without the threat of discrimination. It’s a double standard.”
Defeated in the war to keep homosexuals in the closet by marrying a person of the opposite sex, conservatives turn to other fronts.
It’s a war in which knowledge is the adversary.