Allan Gregg » 1984 in 2012

Understanding the world or explaining phenomena through superstition, dogma and orthodoxy — instead of facts and reason — invariably leads to some very ugly and uncivilized behaviour. The reason for this is fairly straightforward — namely, beliefs that are rooted in superstition, dogma and orthodoxy are not sustainable … sooner or later their veracity will be tested by facts and evidence. Those who need these beliefs to sustain their interests and power therefore must enforce at the point of a sword or remove those who might prove them to be untrue.

A clear argument on the damage caused by the usurping of scientifically valid reasoning in government by so-called conviction-based policy.