Who is Esther Kaplan
In reading a response to a recent article on Time Online entitled "Junk Medicine: Creationism" (which contains all the usual falsehoods), I ended up looking at the 'Defend Science' Website, which contains a more broad assault against christian influence and President Bush in particular. Apparently, according to this site, Bush is faulted for saying that the origin of humans is still undecided, ie. evolution is not a fact. To which the author of this statement screams
EVOLUTION IS A FACT -- IT IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-ESTABLISHED AND WELL-DOCUMENTED FACTS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE. TO DENY AND ATTACK EVOLUTION IS TO DENY AND ATTACK ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FACTS ABOUT ALL OF NATURE AND REALITY AND ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL FOUNDATION STONES OF ALL OF MODERN SCIENCE.No one bothered to tell this guy about the huge number of assumptions, ad hoc explanations, and unexplained contrary observations involved I guess. But enough about evolution.
What I did notice on this site, is that much of it's pronouncements come from an author "Esther Kaplan" with some really poor referencing about a 'Wierd Science' Chapter where she bashes all things christian and right (including bush) as bad. That's the first clue I guess that she is a secular humanist or marxist.
So I did a quick search or 2 and found she wrote a book that is referred to by many socialist, communist and anti-religious groups called "With God On Their Side" bashing the fact that the christian's of democratic USA are having influence on how their country is being run through George Bush. Apparently she feels that only secular humanists and marxists are allowed to let their religious beliefs influence politics and society.
A little more digging and I found her site and bio and she was an editor for The Nation, a socialist type magazine. Hardly a suprise there after her stances. It seems she is also pro-abortion, another no brainer. And she also signed on the the 'World Can't Wait' campaign, which was started by communists to get rid of Bush.
Reading a little of her book that is available online, I am not going to bother with the rest. Her rhetoric and spin about "by flouting international treaties on global warming", a treaty they never joined, or that Bush ignored the National Council of Churches (a leftist/communist infested organisation) is enough for me to know this aint gonna be a fact based book.
No surprises really, but expect to see more and more about her book from the secular left. She seems to be a bit of a poster child at the moment.