President Donald Trump has appointed Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA, America's preeminent scientific agency, tasked with exploring outer space and the Earth's atmosphere.
There are a couple of issues with this appointment:
In the bill, Bridenstine proposes that NASA amend its institutional objectives, which would include eliminating current objectives for the “expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space” and the conduct of studies on “the utilization of aeronautical and space activities for peaceful and scientific purposes.”
"Bridenstine is everything you'd expect of a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. He's anti-gay, opposes same-sex marriage, opposes ObamaCare, opposes a woman's right to choose, denies climate change is real and even opposes supporting alternative energy, he "pals around" with far right wing extremists like Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, wants fetuses to have the same civil rights as people who have been born, wants a federal law banning same-sex marriage and thinks states should have the right to ban it."
3) While Mr. Bridenstine doesn't care much for science or education, he does care a lot about what people are doing behind closed doors. He is radically bigoted against the LGBT community and believes fetuses should have the same rights as people who've been born. The Oklahoma Congressman, unsurprisingly, is against comprehensive sex education in favor of abstinence only. He is against a woman's right to choose.
4) On top of all of this, Mr. Bridenstine is an extreme climate denier, who is even anti-renewable energy. The role of NASA chief is to be a non-partisan expert in science, the Congressman from Oklahoma fails overwhelmingly at this.