IRVINE, CA–“The political fighting over embryonic stem cell research is the inevitable result of government funding of science,” said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

“It is only because science today is so dominantly funded by the government that restrictions on federal funding can wreak the devastation they have–severely hindering a promising area of potentially life-saving medical research.”

“If science were left free, as it should be, funded solely by private sources, a scientist would not have to plead the merits of his work before a majority of politicians, however ignorant or prejudiced by religious or other dogmas they might be.

“The government should get out of the business of funding science. But so long as it is involved, it must scrupulously respect the separation of Church and State. Its funding decisions must be made on rationally demonstrable, not faith-based, grounds. Bush’s veto clearly violates this principle.”

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