NASA isn’t telling both halves of the “debate”

by Caleb Reading

Via cosmicvariance.

So Bush decided to appoint a 24-year-old high-level campaign worker with no background in science to NASA. His background consists of a journalism degree and time served in the “war room” of the Bush/Cheney campaign. Then <insert fake shock here> this happens:

In October 2005, Mr. Deutsch sent an e-mail message to Flint Wild, a NASA contractor working on a set of Web presentations about Einstein for middle-school students. The message said the word “theory” needed to be added after every mention of the Big Bang.

The Big Bang is “not proven fact; it is opinion,” Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, “It is not NASA’s place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator.”

It continued: “This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most.”

Maybe NASA isn’t telling both halves of the “debate” because for people who actually have a background in science there is no debate. And would someone please explain to all employees of NASA what the word “theory” frickin’ means.