I’ve recently read a number of nonbelievers commenting on the appointment of Francis Collins to head the NIH. These include an editorial by Sam Harris, which expresses concern. Russell Blackford pragmatically accepts Collins’s appointment as not that bad.
From my point of view, there is nothing wrong with NIH being headed by an outspoken evangelical Christian, even one willing to mess with science at the edges to make it fit his faith.
First of all, this is a political appointment, in a strongly religious country, where directing research dollars in a politically acceptable fashion is a part of the job. There is nothing illegitimate here.