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A setback for science

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Submitted by Cherif El-Ayouty (Denmark), Jul 7, 2010 at 03:16

How irresponsible can Obama be towards humanity? Requesting NASA to mingle not only in politics, religious politics at that, means altering NASA's ultimate goal, which is the pure scientific exploration of the universe. Why tainting such noble purpose, that is the holy grail of science, by placing shackles on NASA's programs. The human race is far better served by allowing NASA unrestrained freedom in its pursue of scientific perfection. Once Bolden begins to use part of his scientific staff's time and resources for PR and politics, it will immediately affect the pace and eventually the direction and purpose of NASA's research. I do not mind that internship programs for students from all over the world are required in order to publicize NASA's prominent work and inspire students to pursue scientific research.

However, Muslims will not come to NASA solely for the purpose of scientific advancement and if we believe that participation in scientific projects will distract Muslims from religious fundamentalism, we must thing again. The Muslim religious establishment will certainly require Muslim interns to find a correlation between everything NASA is doing and what the Koran is saying in order to confirm Islam's pre-knowledge about anything humans discover. It will not stop there, as the veiled interns will also require special treatment to start with. After several well known maneuvering steps, the religious establishments will then press their rich Islamic funds (4 trillions in cash at last count) to give a few hundred millions of dollars to NASA as a good will from the Muslim nations. It will not be long then until NASA will be cornered into performing halal-only space flights and directing their research towards confirming Islamic beliefs.

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