The Bad Astronomer is rambling
about the debate in America about teaching Intelligent Design along with evolutionary theory in biology class. He says "Purveyors of ID are stifling our children, killing their future, and literally destroying the chances our country has in being a player in the biotechnical industry that will become the biggest business of the 21st century."
I don't think it's that bad. America has always been seen as a nation of crackpots by us europeans. Yet we still recognise America is leading the world with industrial achievement. America's politics may occasionally make us ashamed to belong to the same species* but we'll still buy their products.
*) insert joke about 'intelligent' design here