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Why do establishment scientists reject open inquiry about evolution and homosexuality and punish dissent?

Science precedes by open inquiry in which ideas are tested through experimentation, and competing theories are discarded as their predictions fail to account for data. However, in the case of evolution and homosexuality, open inquiry has been suspended. Contrary evidence cannot be published because journal editors who do so face ostracism and demonization (as did Richard Sternberg of the Smithsonian Institution). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/18/AR2005081801680.html Further, scientists who have data contrary to the politically correct views on evolution and homosexuality are denied positions, tenure and promotion if they attempt to publish their findings. For example, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez was denied tenure because he published a book on intelligent design. http://doubtingdarwin.blogspot.com/2007/05/acclaimed-astronomer-guillermo-gonzalez.html If the evidence so strongly favors evolution and homosexuality, why are dissenters punished rather than refuted?

Asked By: christiandefenderfaith - 8/22/2008
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No journal editor can be trusted who purposefully ignores standard policy, who unilaterally makes exceptions for personal reasons - Sternberg deserved what he got and I'm sure he knew exactly what would happen. This is not a case where "open inquiry has been suspended," rather Richard Sternberg side-stepped open... More
Answered By: don - 8/22/2008
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Oh, great! One more conspiracy theory...~sigh~
Answered By: Bride of Jaysus - 8/22/2008
 
Pulling this right out of that crappy expelled movie are we?
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Answered By: Tony AM - 8/22/2008
 
Simple...they do not have a tolerance for other viewpoints & they strive to surpress freedom of speech, thought & expression. I agree w/your last statement, "If the evidence so strongly favors evolution and homosexuality, why are dissenters punished rather than refuted?" What are they so afraid of?
Answered By: Chris K - 8/22/2008
 
Because the "open-minded" professors, scientists, et al. are the most hypocritical, bigoted, morons around. It like when atheists encourage everyone to respect others beliefs and then spend all day ridiculing Christians.
Answered By: ? - 8/22/2008
 
Yeah, if you have nothing to hide- why not just open the windows?
Answered By: Jack the Giant Killer - 8/22/2008
 
What ARE you babbling about?
Answered By: The Reverend Soleil - 8/22/2008
 
Because if the sciencist push it under the bed no one can question them,,they do not like that,,the truth might come out.
Answered By: elaine 30705 - 8/22/2008
 
"Further, scientists who have data contrary to the politically correct views on evolution and homosexuality are denied positions, tenure and promotion if they attempt to publish their findings... More
Answered By: Everard G - 8/22/2008
 
Greetings... More
Answered By: jed s - 8/22/2008
 
evolution is a prove fact over and over again,there is no reason to debate constantly when some one says some unproven magic done it homosexuality is a lifestyle and has nothing to do with evolution,,,if people evolved in to homos we would all die off
Answered By: Arthurlikesbeer - 8/22/2008
 
Richard Sternberg deceitfully published a paper by Stephen C. Meyer in a peer-reviewed journal (Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington), of which Sternberg was at the time editor... More
Answered By: gribbling - 8/22/2008
 
The Washington Post and someone's private blog are not credible sources for the kind of incendiary actions you are suggesting happen within the scientific community. It's equivalent to quoting the National Enquirer on matters of national security. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps the reason dissenters are... More
Answered By: justagirl - 8/22/2008
 
likely because the "dissenters" are just using pseudo-science to back up bigotry and stupidity... More
Answered By: canada4ever444 - 8/22/2008
 
Paranoid, uninformed delusions aside, do you think there should be an open, scientific enquiry into whether the Earth is flat? And as for homosexuality, please drag yourself out of the 1800s and join us here in the twenty-first century.
Answered By: michael c - 8/22/2008
 
Sounds like someone been getting their facts from other christian's When scientists reject intelligent design it's because it has already been proven to be stupid & doesn't need to be rehashed.
Answered By: Orestes - 8/22/2008
 
Evolution is a fact. No amount of lying by the Discovery Institute, no amount of disinformation from trashy movies, no amount of preaching and propaganda from pig-ignorant pastors and no amount of pseudo-science in fraudulent museums is going to make it go away... More
Answered By: Ken E - 8/22/2008
 
Good examples, and they belie the claim that scientists are completely objective observers. They work in organizations that have political agendas, and those who step afoul of orthodoxy face career-ending consequences... More
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Answered By: Bruce - 8/22/2008
 
You should select as the best answer your other profile, Bruce, who you select as best answer every time. http://answers.yahoo.com/my/qa/index;_ylt=Anmu_hUNNs7LJpPqCDD4NALsy6IX;_ylv=3?link=answer&more=y&bestansfilter=1&show=Sn0CViR7aa
Answered By: Roy H - 8/25/2008
 
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