Canada’s Science Minister: Creationist Chiropractor

THIS IS really sad. In the Globe and Mail, a major Canadian English language newspaper based in Toronto, we read: Minister won’t confirm belief in evolution, subtitled: “Researchers aghast that key figure in funding controversy invokes religion in science discussion.” Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Canada’s science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won’t say if he believes in evolution.

He won’t say? That’s a bit of a clue. Let’s read on:

“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,” Gary Goodyear, the federal Minister of State for Science and Technology, said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

Jeepers! Whaddaya think? Is it possible that this guy just might be a wee bit of a creationist? We continue:

A funding crunch, exacerbated by cuts in the January budget, has left many senior researchers across the county scrambling to find the money to continue their experiments. Some have expressed concern that Mr. Goodyear, a chiropractor from Cambridge, Ont., is suspicious of science, perhaps because he is a creationist.

We’ve seen numerous examples of creationist dentists. Are chiropractors also to be regarded with suspicion? Here’s more:

When asked about those rumours, Mr. Goodyear said such conversations are not worth having.

Duck, bob, weave, tap-dance … Moving along:

“I do believe that just because you can’t see it under a microscope doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It could mean we don’t have a powerful enough microscope yet. So I’m not fussy on this business that we already know everything. … I think we need to recognize that we don’t know.”

Spin, dodge, evade, sidestep … Another excerpt:

Asked to clarify if he was talking about the role of a creator, Mr. Goodyear said that the interview was getting off topic.

Equivocate, shift, swerve, squirm … On with the article:

“It is the same as asking the gentleman, ‘Do you believe the world is flat?’ and he doesn’t answer on religious grounds,” said Dr. Alters [founder and director of the Evolution Education Research Centre at McGill University in Montreal]. “Or gravity, or plate tectonics, or that the Earth goes around the sun.”

That’s our opinion too. This is a good article, and there’s a lot more to it. Click over to the Globe and Mail and read it all.

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5 responses to “Canada’s Science Minister: Creationist Chiropractor

  1. Hey, it’s not my fault we have f&^%tards for politicians.

    I’d like to sick the dogs on him but I don’t want them puking in the igloo.

  2. Tundra Boy says: “Hey, it’s not my fault …”

    You can’t blame this on tainted walrus blubber. I hold you personally responsible.

  3. retiredsciguy

    How’d this guy get to be the SCIENCE Minister??? I mean, even if he concealed his creationist beliefs, the guy’s a chiropractor, for Pete’s sake!

  4. How’d this guy get to be the SCIENCE Minister??? I mean, even if he concealed his creationist beliefs, the guy’s a chiropractor, for Pete’s sake!

    It only makes sense if Harper is like minded, completely ignorant, or wants to harpoon Canadian science.

    I suspect the second point, which isn’t good in a man who believes he knows everything.

  5. Prime Minister Harper chooses all his ministers on the same basis: how willing they are to follow the lead of the Prime Minister’s Office rather than managing their departments on their own. Mr. Harper wishes to micromanage as much of the government himself, and rarely tolerates significant dissent.

    Mr. Goodyear is the science minister because he fits this mold. Someone passionate about science and committed to furthering it could never accept the limitations that Mr. Harper would put upon him or her.

    Mr. Harper’s intent is clear from the latest budget. It is full of all manner of dubious economic stimulus measures, but cuts funding to scientific research, despite its track record of leading to a stronger economy in the long term.