Explaining Ben Stein
I'm sure most of my dozen or so readers have heard of Ben Stein's bizarre idea of science:
I suspect it comes from the propaganda campaign of the past few years, in which people speaking as the Voice of Science claimed that we must fund embryonic stem-cell research (until they declared victory and retreated). It may have been reinforced by similar-sounding people claiming that defending Terri Schindler Schiavo's right to life was a mark of superstition.
When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers [i.e. biologist P.Z. Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.
…Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.
If you claim that Science backs your political opinion loudly enough, you should not be surprised when people actually believe it.