Some might find it comforting that the U.S. is not along in having enough of “the crazy” that suppression of science actually happens at the level of public policy. Sadly, that is not the case, as [a recent story in Science magazine](http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/07/south-korea-to-reconsider-plan.html) details. A Korean creationist group had successfully petitioned the government to drop bird and horse evolution in two textbooks, because they led to “atheist materialism.” Petitions by Korean scientists, however, have forced a re-evaluation of that decision.
On a side note, why is it religious groups blame the rise of “atheist materialism” on scientists and not on the corporate world where it is most obviously, and aggressively practiced? I am particularly, and constantly, surprised by the pro-business attitude of social conservatives in the U.S.A. It makes sense for fiscal conservatives, which used to be the heart of the Republican party, but it makes less sense for social conservatives. It feels like, and please note that I am only saying it “feels” like, a rather straightforward case of propagandistic manipulation by the powers that be.