Keep religion out of national space policy



In an Eos forum last spring, Robert Frodeman (University of Texas, Denton) suggested that “it is time that we draw more consciously upon the expertise of scholars trained in the areas of art, philosophy, and religion in the design of our space policy” [2005]. I would agree that artists and philosophers may help the public to appreciate the true grandeur of the universe and thus increase popular support for the exploration of space, but I cannot think of a potentially more disastrous step than to bring “scholars trained in… religion” into the development of our national space policy, as Frodeman advocates.

My concerns have nothing to do with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution—I simply think that the potential negatives far outweigh the potential benefits.