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Wide Range of Reactions To Bolden's Al Jazeera Interview

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
July 7, 2010
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Beam NASA up from this order, editorial, Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
“The president is known to be a fan of the old “Star Trek” series, which frequently moralized on the pitfalls of “imperial condescension.” Mr. Bolden may find some in the Muslim world more intransigent than a Klingon as he attempts to launch them into the space age.”
NASA – no longer “The Right Stuff”, opinion, Sussex Sun
“Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out what Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldren (sic), or any of the other former NASA astronauts think about the new goals established for NASA by the president of the United States?”
Retro Rockets, opinion, Washington Times
“Was this the big liftoff? Well, no. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden elaborated on the agency’s “priority” to reach out to Muslim countries during a July 1 appearance on the Al Jazeera network. Conservatives were vexed, and the White House predictably sprang to his defense. But the offending glare is not new, if a speech Mr. Bolden made June 15 at the American University in Cairo is any gauge.”
Ramirez Editorial Cartoons (A take on an iconic image)
NASA logo makeovers: New Arabic Sensitivity Administration
“ readers have answered the call of duty! Last night, inspired by reader Duke, I put out a call for NASA logo redesign Photoshops to mock Team Obama’s Muslim-pandering makeover of the space program. Entries are pouring in to my mailbox. Had to share some of the best and most pointed images with you right away. Pick your favorites:”
Video: Obama’s NASA mission to Muslims, Fox News
NASA’s Final Frontier: The Muslim World, Fox News
Yet again, an Obama official says “Muslim,” right-wing media freak-out follows, Media Matters
“Of course, since an Obama official made completely noncontroversial comments about reaching out to the Muslim world in order to gain contributions to the fields of science and technology, the right-wing media freaked out.”
NASA: Mission to Mecca?, Washington Post
“But I still found Bolden’s comment troubling, for a reason of my own: since when is it U.S. government policy to offer or refuse cooperation with various nations based on the religion their people practice? Last time I checked, the Constitution expressly forbid the establishment of religion. How can it be consistent with that mandate and the deeply held political and cultural values that it expresses for the U.S. government to “reach out” to another government because the people it rules are mostly of a particular faith?”

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