Atheists, is it ethical for scientists to make metaphysical/philosophical assertions?

Would you get offended if scientists assert unscientific, philosophical, metaphysical, quasi-religious theories as if they were empirically based? Is it ethical for a scientist to misuse his position of respect and authority in the empirical sciences to sway public opinion towards his own... show more Would you get offended if scientists assert unscientific, philosophical, metaphysical, quasi-religious theories as if they were empirically based?

Is it ethical for a scientist to misuse his position of respect and authority in the empirical sciences to sway public opinion towards his own philosophical/metaphysical ideas?

Would you be offended by a scientist that underestimates the intelligence of the public by assuming they can't discern between scientific claims and philosophical claims?

I'm not asking how you feel about a scientist offering his personal opinions, I'm asking how you would feel about scientists crossing ethical boundaries by presenting metaphysical philosophies and quasi-religious theories to the public as if they were scientifically grounded. Even if you agreed with his theories, would you be offended on ethical grounds?
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