*sigh* At one time the Arab world was at the forefront of scientific literacy and achievement. Then they fell into an abyss of superstition, fear and ignorance that plagues them to this day.
Just because we (America) are on top today, does not mean that the same thing can’t happen to us. We really, really have to guard against this kind of nonsense.
I can’t verify if this article is true or not, but based on the Bush administration’s previous meddling in NASA science publications and this blog entry on Phil Plait’s “Bad Astronomy” blog I am pretty confident it is accurate.