We expected the worst when we saw this headline in the Globe and Mail of Toronto, the most populous city in Canada and the capital of Ontario: B.C. MP quits Conservatives to defend views on evolution. The newspaper has over 200 comments.
Oh no, we thought. A sane politician has been driven out of the Conservative party by creationists. But then we read the story and discovered that it’s not what we feared. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Veteran Conservative MP [member of Parliament] James Lunney, who has repeatedly expressed skepticism about the theory of evolution, is quitting the Tory caucus, citing a deliberate attempt to “suppress a Christian worldview” at the “senior levels” of politics.
Whoa! Everything seems to be upside-down in Canada. The creationist — appropriately named Mr. Lunney — is leaving the Conservative party. We’re told:
In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, Mr. Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse.
It’s diverse, but not diverse enough to include a creationist. Good for them! Let’s read on:
Mr. Lunney expressed common cause in this statement with a group of faith leaders who spoke out in Ottawa last week against what they say is increasing discrimination and intolerance against Christians in Canada today, including from the government and private companies. He said like these religious leaders he sees an effort to “suppress a Christian world view from professional and economic opportunity in law, medicine and academia.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He sounds just like ol’ Hambo. We continue:
The B.C. MP [that’s British Colombia Member of Parliament], a chiropractor by training, recently came to the defence of Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls who said he doesn’t believe in evolution.
Ah, he’s a chiropractor, and he’s defending a Progressive Conservative. Are the Canadian Progressives the creationists? Why this reversal from the way things are in the US? It must be that polar vortex we’ve been hearing about. Oh, this next excerpt is good. The bracketed word is like that in the newspaper:
“[Just] stop calling #evolution fact!” Mr. Lunney said on Twitter in late February.
A bold statement indeed! Here’s more:
In April 2009, Mr. Lunney made a statement in the Commons that suggested he had doubts about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. “Given the modern evidence unavailable to Darwin, advanced models of plate tectonics, polonium radiohalos, polystratic fossils, I am prepared to believe that Darwin would be willing to re-examine his assumptions,” Mr. Lunney told the House in 2009.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s got all the creationist arguments. Moving along:
“The evolutionists may genuinely see his ancestor in a monkey, but many modern scientists interpret the same evidence in favour of creation and a creator,” Mr. Lunney said back in 2009.
Lunney ain’t no kin to no monkey! Another excerpt:
“Any scientist who declares that the theory of evolution is a fact has already abandoned the foundations of science. For science establishes fact through the study of things observable and reproducible. Since origins can neither be reproduced nor observed, they remain the realm of hypothesis.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Where do these guys go for their information? Oh, it’s probably the same websites we visit for laughs.
There’s more in the newspaper, and several others are also reporting the story — but for some reason, not many science bloggers. Perhaps they’re baffled by the behavior of the Conservatives. We don’t know anything about politics in Canada, but if the Conservatives up there don’t have room for a flaming creationist, that sounds good to us. It’s the way things used to be in the US, before Nixon’s Southern strategy.
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