Sam Harris, prominent atheist and writer of Letter to a Christian Nation, has a fascinating editorial in the New York Times. It’s all about why it’s a bad idea to put Francis Collins in charge of the National Institute of Health. It basically boils down to the fact that the guy is a Christian evangelist.
Now I’m the last person who would usually say that someone’s religious beliefs should disqualify them for a job. I think religious belief is at best silly and at worst dangerous, but it shouldn’t stop someone from getting a particular job.
In this case, however, I’m prepared to make an exception, since it sounds rather like he’s the sort of person who would let his beliefs get in the way of doing his job, and that’s certainly not a good thing.