Edwin Poots: Creationist Minister in Northern Ireland

WE recognize how unfair we’ve been to creationists all over the world, because we give US creationism most of our attention. Therefore, we are delighted to present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from a news item that appeared on 24 June in the Belfast Telegraph, a conservative newspaper published in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It’s titled: Creationist beliefs won’t affect new role: Poots. The bold font was added by us:

Incoming Environment Minister Edwin Poots has insisted his creationist religious beliefs will not stand in the way of doing a good job.

Edwin Poots has a modest entry in Wikipedia. Let’s read some more from the Belfast Telegraph:

Mr Poots said he believes the Earth was created by God around 4,000BC, according to the genealogical information outlined in the Bible.

“I am a Bible-believing Christian and I do not see that will impact in any way, shape or form on my role as Environment Minister,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Sounds like a fine man. We continue:

Mr Poots said he did not believe there was scientific evidence to back up the theory that the Earth is billions of years old.

But someone disputes the opinion of Mr. Poots (a little rhyme there) as this next excerpt reveals:

Mr McClinton [Brian McClinton, a director of the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland] said Mr Poots’s view was derived from the theory of the 17th century Archbishop Ussher, who believed the universe was created on October 23, 4004BC, after basing his calculations on the genealogical information outlined in the Old Testament. “It’s all nonsense really. Fossil evidence points to a much older earth than that,” he said.

Okay, that appeared in the paper a couple of weeks ago. Today, also in the Belfast Telegraph, we read this letter-to-the-editor: No need to ridicule creationist beliefs:

Respecting other people’s views is of great importance. Mr Poots should be respected too. In actual fact he speaks the views of the majority of people in Northern Ireland.

I do think he was very frank and polite with regards to biblical fundamentalism or creationism. It is very disrespectful [of Brian McClinton, presumably] to say “it’s all nonsense really”.

This chap might be in cahoots with Mr. Poots (another Curmudgeonly rhyme). The letter continues:

It it suffice [sic] to say even non-Christians have not obtained satisfactory answers from evolutionists and humanists with regards to what they call “scientific proof of Earth’s beginnings”.

He’s gotcha there! Another excerpt:

Without entering the whole debate of fossil evidence, carbon dating or real science, we do agree that there is something beyond our comprehension in these matters.

This is very disappointing. We were hoping to find some interesting commentary by overseas creationists. Anyway, here’s the rest of the letter:

Whether it’s the term created (made, born) or it’s recreated (made again, born again) there is really something supernatural about it. We can sit and talk amicably, no need to ridicule each other!

So there you are. Everything’s up to date in Northern Ireland.

See also: Creationist Edwin Poots of Northern Ireland.

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7 responses to “Edwin Poots: Creationist Minister in Northern Ireland

  1. It’s like Ken Ham has been cloned.

  2. James F says: “It’s like Ken Ham has been cloned.”

    Worse. Imagine Ken Ham appointed to a cabinet post.

  3. From the article: “Mr Poots said he did not believe there was scientific evidence to back up the theory that the Earth is billions of years old.”

    Alas, many creationists do think that the evidence backs up the conclusion that the Earth – and its life – is billions of years old. Of course that doesn’t make them right about any of their disagreements with evolution. Only that the pervasive “peudoscience code of silence” among creationists suggests that more than a few know that they are – to put it diplomatically – spreading misinformation.

  4. I was going to make a joke about Pooty tang but decided I wouldn’t do that to you.

  5. Tundra Boy, I struggled with that while drafting the post, but then I figured I’d just leave it up to you.

  6. What was it they said about great minds thinking alike?

  7. They weren’t talking about us.