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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