On the March For Science page, we currently read:
Science is not a field that should be understood only by a small few — every person, from every background, deserves an education that encourages scientific learning alongside the arts and humanities. Science works best when scientists come from diverse perspectives, and we must work to encourage and support a new generation of scientists that increasingly includes historically underrepresented groups.
Sounds fairly mainstream. But this is a scrubbed version. On Feb 1, the March For Science page had an earlier version:
At the March for Science, we are committed to highlighting, standing in solidarity with, and acting as allies with black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, indigenous, Muslim, non-Christian, non-religious, women, people with disabilities, poor, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, agender, and intersex scientists and science advocates. We must work to make science available to everyone and encouraging individuals of all backgrounds to pursue science careers, especially in advanced degrees and positions. A diverse group of scientists produces increasingly diverse research, which broadens, strengthens, and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world.
As you can see, the March for Science stood in solidarity with many groups, but notice how both Jews and Christians are not mentioned. Does anyone really think that was some oversight?
Well, if you go back to Jan 29, the extreme leftist underpinnings of the March for Science were on full display:
In the March for Science, we are committed to centralizing, highlighting, standing in solidarity with, and acting as accomplices with black, Latinx, API, indigenous, Muslim, Jewish, women, people with disabilities, poor, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, agender, and intersex scientists and science advocates.
We recognize that many issues about which scientists as a group have largely remained silent – attacks on black & brown lives, oil pipelines through indigenous lands, sexual harassment and assault, ADA access in our communities, immigration policy, lack of clean water in several cities across the country, poverty wages, LGBTQIA rights, and mass shootings are scientific issues.
Science has historically – and generally continues to support discrimination. In order to move forwardIn order to move forward as a scientific community, we must address and actively work to unlearn our problematic past and present, to make science available to everyone
In fact, the same day they also tweeted:
colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, queer-, trans-, intersex-phobia, & econ justice are scientific issues.
And it looks like that tweet has also been quietly removed.
Does anyone know of any place where the extreme left claims of the March for Science have been retracted? Quietly and sneakily sweeping such comments under the carpet do not amount to a retraction. Instead, it would simply mean that Extreme Left activists are trying to hide their agenda to better lure scientists into thinking it’s “all about science.”
It would seem to me someone should ask the March for Science organizers some simple questions. For example, do they still agree that science has historically – and generally continues to support discrimination? Or do they concede that that claim is false?