Washington Times
The Washington Times is the paper of record for a toxic cult

The Washington Times is affiliated with the Unification Church, AKA The Moonies. Thursday evening they ran a rather strange editorial titled: “High times and matrimony at NASA.” The first two paragraphs read:

Some marriages are said to be made in heaven, and now certain Democratic senators want to make sure that some marriages be recognized in space. Heaven can wait. These senators object to President Trump’s nominee to be the administrator of NASA because he, like most Americans, thinks the ladies make the most appropriate brides.

It’s not clear what Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s views on same-sex marriage have to do with administering NASA, but he has drawn the anger of Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which passes on space matters, because he does not tug a forelock and salute the liberal theology of climate change.

Conservatives simply do not get satire. They do not understand it and they have no clue how to use it. The Washington Times is deplorably and predictably homophobic. They also seem to be profoundly confused about marriage … and the duties of the NASA administrator. Whether or not their editorial board or the Moonies approve of same-sex marriage, it is the law of the land.

The reference to female brides is idiotic — even for that rag. Moreover, more than two-thirds of our citizens support the legitimacy of marriage equality and the opportunities it affords gay people.

NASA has a diverse workforce including gay men and women. NASA has had a reputation over the years for recruiting some of our nation’s brightest scientists and engineers. Rep. Bridenstine has a record of abject homophobia that goes well beyond the GOP;s general dislike of marriage equality. Bridenstine has stated that homosexuality is immoral.

Bridenstine’s bigotry does not stop with LGBT people. He has been closely associated with Frank Gaffney, leader of an anti-Muslim hate group. More details and footnotes are in a letter that Senator Patty Murray sent to the committee considering Bridenstine’s nomination.

The point is that Bridenstine is divisive and biased. That makes him ill-equipped to head an agency with a very diverse workforce.

Ever since its founding NASA has had an engineering culture built around the science of space flight. Its first administrator in 1958, Dr. T. Keith Glennan, had been president of Case Institute of Technology and served on the Atomic Energy Commission. Over the years NASA administrators have been scientists or astronauts (many of whom were also scientists and engineers). Never has NASA been headed by a politician.

The most recent administrator was Maj. Gen Charles Bolden, a graduate of the Naval Academy who went on to obtain Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Gen Bolden was also an astronaut who has 680 hours in space. That is not Rep. Bridenstine who has an MBA from Cornell. Although he is a naval aviator, Bridenstein has no education or background in science or engineering.

Contrary to the Washington Times’ hyperbole, climate science is not a “theology” which describes a belief system. The Unification Church comes to mind. In contrast, science is based on evidence. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that the earth is warming at an alarming rate and that human activity is primarily responsible for that condition. Bridenstine has rejected that conclusion because of political beliefs which are not based on evidence. Yet Trump would have him head a scientific agency. That makes no sense.

NASA is an important part of our society. Aside from the values inherent in space exploration, NASA stimulates the curiosity of our young people. It also makes them want to be scientists or engineers. Those are very good things.

So no, editorial board of the Washington Times. These are issues that are not easily dismissed with trivial rhetoric. Heading up NASA is far too important.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.