The conflict between religion and science is not dead, or of only historical significance, as many would have us believe. It is as real as it was when Galileo was forced to recant. The conflict is less physically threatening now than it was in Galileo's time because the power of religious hierarchies has waned. Violence, nonetheless, is still countenanced by organizations that try to force the entire population to conform with their religious beliefs about reproduction and creation.
Although the current political leadership is disposed more strongly toward protecting freedom than abridging it, to ensure continuity of the policy will require scientists to stand firmly against actions that subordinate the autonomy of reason to the doctrines of a church.
ALFRED E. HARPER
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Seattle, Wash. 98177-4840