Science, Religion and Public Policy
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Science, Religion and Public Policy

The Roman Catholic Church is conducting a campaign to show that the Bible is compatible with Darwin's theory of evolution. But polls show almost half the American people don't buy it. If belief in God means doubting science, what are the consequences for public policy?  Also, the US brokers a deal to restore the deposed President in Honduras, and ethics investigations into members of Congress are supposed to be secret. Now more than 30 are out in the open, including one into a powerful subcommittee that controls Pentagon spending.

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US Brokers Deal to Restore Deposed President in Honduras ()

The elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was hustled out of the country -- still in his nightclothes, when a coup, backed by the Army, seized power last June. Now US diplomats have negotiated an agreement for Zelaya to return to power, for the next three months. Tracy Wilkerson reports on Central America for the Los Angeles Times.


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Science, Religion and Public Policy ()

When he announced that the Earth goes around the Sun, Galileo was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church. But that was 400 years ago. The modern Vatican, conservative though it is, has argued that Christian faith and science are not at odds after all, but compatible and complementary, especially regarding Darwin's theory of Evolution. Traditional Protestants are fine with that, but almost half Americans believe that the book of Genesis is incompatible with The Origin of Species. What are the consequences for dealing with global warming, pandemic disease and stem cell research?

  • John Haught: Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center
  • Gerald McKenny: Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Notre Dame University
  • Terry Mortenson: Lecturer and Researcher, Answers in Genesis
  • Chris Mooney: Fellow in Science Journalism, Massachusetts Institite of Technology

Reporter's Notebook

House Ethics Committee Is Very Busy, Post Reveals ()

Congress is supposed to enforce ethical standards on its own members, but ethics committee proceedings are highly secretive, and watchdog groups claim that not much really goes on. Now it's been accidentally revealed that more than 30 members and senior aides are being probed, including half of a subcommittee that controls Pentagon spending. This after the Washington Post was given a weekly report that a low-level staffer mistakenly placed on an accessible network.


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