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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The tragedy that is our current government

As many of my readers are likely aware, the current Canadian Minister of Science, Gary Goodyear, recently horrified many by responding to a question of his belief in evolution (granted, a poorly worded question) with what is possibly the worst and most unsettling dodge possible:
I'm not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.
That response is highly troubling because the Minister of Science should not think a question about evolution is a question about religion. Apart from the troublesomely loaded word 'believe', the question had no religious content whatsoever, and it was Mr. Goodyear himself who invoked the religious aspect by conflating a 'belief' in evolution with questioning his Christianity. This has been well and thoroughly discussed, however, so I won't elaborate on this part of the story... what horrifies me is his attempt at a clarifying response:
We are evolving every year, every decade. That's a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment. But that's not relevant and that is why I refused to answer the question. The interview was about our science and tech strategy, which is strong.
His response continues to show only a shaky grasp at best of what evolution actually means. Reading further into this fellow's views, he also seems to think it is proper to solely undertake scientific research with a clear practical goal in place. This man is a terrible candidate for a Minister of Science.


Anonymous said...

What more did you expect from a Minister of Science in the current government?