ebbtide on October 11, 2005 at 09:52am commented that there's an unwritten rule against asking nominees about religious beliefs. allan, at 10:17am, replied that asking her about evolution isn't asking her about religion—it's asking her about science.
Exactly! That's the reason this could be done, if just one Senator takes it on. Law and science are both about logic and evidence. That's why scientific results are given such weight in court (forensics, DNA etc.). If Harriet Miers tries to wiggle away from an outright endorsement of the established conclusions and procedures of science, she could become an overnight laughing stock in the civilized world.