In recent news, it was been announced that the administration is banning certain terms from being used by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in their 2019 budget proposal. Or maybe the CDC decided use of those words would prejudice their ability to get funding. Whichever was the case, you probably now know these terms by heart: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based. Banning the use of words? How American is that? For the purpose of this article, I would like to point out two terms: evidence-based and science-based. Here is another attack on facts, on evidence, on science. The CDC has some alternate terms or phrases such as "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes". So if the community wishes to believe some screwball fantasy.... 

According to Time magazine, NPR, and other reputable sources, 25% of Americans think the sun goes around the earth. These are people who just don't know. Then there are the people who refuse to believe scientific fact. The Flat Earth folks who think science is a vast conspiracy. The Creationists - oops, sorry! It seems they like to be called Creation Scientists. The parents who won't let their children be inoculated against childhood diseases. Remember when fuoridating water was viewed as a Communist plot? Some people will believe anything - except the truth.

Religious beliefs are often at the root of scientific disbelief. Those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible will tie themselves up in knots trying to explain how dinosaurs and humans roamed the earth at the same time, but they are having great success. "Creation Science" is being offered in textbooks along with the "theory" of evolution. There are Creationist museums and centers throughout the world - even in Washington (Mount St Helens Creation Center in Castle Rock). Scientific fact is incompatible with their world view, but science and religion can coexist quite nicely for most of us.

Back to those banned words: I was tempted to use them in a coherent sentence or two, but a friend beat me to the punch. "The entitlement of our administration negatively impacts the diversity our country, seeks to trample the rights of transgender individuals and those most vulnerable, and wants more rights for a fetus than living children. Their refusal to accept evidence-based and science-based research that unequivocally shows us we are headed for disaster is going to screw us all. Oops, I used the banned words."

Look what we have in our library:

Can you believe in God and evolution? : a guide for the perplexed /Peters, Ted  231.7 PET

The end of certainty and the beginning of faith: religion and science for the 21st century/Austin, D. Brian   121 AUS

Finding God in the questions; a personal journey/Johnson, Timothy   230 JOH

Fingerprints of God : the search for the science of spirituality /Hagerty, Barbara Bradley   215 HAG

God in the dock : essays on theology and ethics /Lewis, C. S.   201 LEW

God's Funeral/Wilson, A.N.   200.94 WIL

The language God talks : on science and religion /Wouk, Herman   201.65 WOU

The language of God : a scientist presents evidence for belief /Collins, Francis S.   215 COL

The luminous web: essays on science and religion/Taylor, Barbara Brown   261.5 TAY

The meaning of it all : thoughts of a citizen-scientist /Feynman, Richard P.   500 FEY

The measure of God : our century-long struggle to reconcile science & religion /Witham, Larry   201.65 WIT

The moral landscape : how science can determine human values /Harris, Sam   171.2 HAR

The physics of Christianity /Tipler, Frank J.   261.55 TIP

Reconstructing nature: the engagement of science and religion/Brooke, John   291.7 BRO

Rocks of ages : science and religion in the fullness of life /Gould, Stephen Jay   291.175 GOU

Science and Christ./Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre   215 TEI

The secret life of the universe: the quest for the soul of science/Corzine, Amy   291.1 COR

Spirit, mind, & brain : a psychoanalytic examination of spirituality and religion /Ostow, Mortimer   201.6 OST

The spiritual brain : a neuroscientist's case for the existence of the soul /Beauregard, Mario.   200.19 BEA

Summer for the gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion /Larson, Edward J.   345.73 LAR

The monkey trial/DVD 345.7 MON

The turn of the millennium : an agenda for Christian religion in an age of science /Sobosan, Jeffrey G.   261.5 SOB

The varieties of scientific experience : a personal view of the search for God /Sagan, Carl   215.22 SAG

Why religion matters : the fate of the human spirit in an age of disbelief /Smith, Huston   200 SMI

More on evolution:

Darwin's sacred cause : how a hatred of slavery shaped Darwin's views on human evolution /Desmond, Adrian J   306.3 DES

Evolution/Gamlin, Linda   J 575 GAM

The Kingfisher book of evolution/Webster, Stephen   J 576.8 WEB

Life on Earth : the story of evolution /Jenkins, Steve   J 576.8 JEN

Perfect planet, clever species: how unique are we?/Burger, William C.   599.93 BUR

Why Darwin matters : the case against intelligent design /Shermer, Michael   576.8 SHE

The origin of species : complete and fully illustrated /Darwin, Charles   575.01 DAR

Darwin /Cook, Diane   J B DAR

Some good books on science:

Flowers for Algernon/Keyes, Daniel   F KEY

Life after people/DVD 576 LIF

The secret life of the universe: the quest for the soul of science/Corzine, Amy   291.1 COR

The unpersuadables : adventures with the enemies of science /Storr, Will   001.9 STO

We are all stardust : scientists who shaped our world talk about their work, their lives and what they still want to know /Klein, Stefan   500 KLE

On immunity : an inoculation /Biss, Eula   606.079 BIS

How science works /Hann, Judith   J 507.8 HAN