"It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda — and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology."
This is pure political spin, or else flat out ignorance.
All decisions are ethical!
And we must hold an account for the decisions we make, including decisions about what types of scientific research we pursue. I assume that no one is advocating the use of (for example) comatose patients, or the terminally ill for research, why? Because we understand that scientific knowledge is not an end in itself! There are limits to the value of knowledge, and one of those limits are the ethical lines surrounding the acquisition of that knowledge!
"Science thrives when there is an open and collaborative exchange, not when there are artificial barriers, silos, constructed by the government."
I'll be honest, I have no idea where I stand on human-embryonic stem cell research, but am I the only one who sees these words dripping easily from the lips of Nazi doctors who experimented on Jews, Gypsies and others?
I can understand the position of those who are for the research, but for them to go so far as to imply that people who are against it are against scientific inquiry is silly; to ignore (or even mock) the ethical ambiguity surrounding the issue is a sign of true folly.
We live in a Jesus haunted culture that is Biblically illiterate, and so unfortunately at this point in time, almost anything can pass for knowledge of the historical Jesus from notions that he was a a Cynic sage to ideas that he was a Gnostic guru to fantasies that he didn't exist, to Dan Browne's Jesus of hysterical (rather than historical) fiction.