Northern Ireland’s Creationist Madness Escalates

OUR last report on this bizarre situation was here: Creationism in Northern Ireland, followed by this amusing update. Basically, Northern Ireland’s culture minister, Nelson McCausland, wants the Ulster Museum to include information about creationism and intelligent design. He says that the inclusion of anti-Darwinian theories in the museum is “a human rights issue.”

Having been exposed to all the world as being raving mad, McCausland had a decision to make. For the good of his party and his country, he could have resigned his ministerial post and lived out his life in quiet ignominy. Yes, he’d be remembered as a fool, but a fool who did the honorable thing and left the stage when it became necessary. It seems, however, that honor isn’t part of McCausland’s portfolio. He’s decided that the situation isn’t yet crazy enough for him. Now he wants to crank things up to the next level.

In the Belfast Telegraph we read Culture Minister Nelson McCausland seeking probe into museum letter leak. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Culture Minister Nelson McCausland has called for an inquiry into the leaking of his letter to the Ulster Museum, seeking greater attention to Ulster-Scots, Orangeism and creationism.

What’s McCausland’s gripe? His demands about creationism weren’t a state secret. He sent the museum a letter, and that letter then belonged to the museum. It was theirs, to do with as they wished. They could file it, frame it, or eat it. They chose to publicize it. Let’s read on:

Mr McCausland told Assembly Members yesterday that “some malign individual” had leaked copies of his letter to the Press. “That matter will have to be dealt with and investigated by the institution concerned,” he added.

Yss, “some malign individual” revealed that McCausland is flat-out bonkers. This is an outrage! We continue:

Condemning the leak, he said: “It is true to say that that shows a lack of respect by that individual for the trustees of the museum and for the institution itself.”

Shame on the museum — they don’t respect themselves! Neither, it seems, do they respect their daffy culture minister.

That’s where we’ll leave things in Northern Ireland, at least for now. It’s really difficult for your Curmudgeon to decide who the bad guy is here. Is it the creationist culture minister or the museum official who dared to release his letter? Perhaps you can figure it out, dear reader.

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6 responses to “Northern Ireland’s Creationist Madness Escalates

  1. McCausland further added, “Besides, don’t you know that my insanity goes to 11!”

  2. Curmudgeon:”What’s McCausland’s gripe? His demands about creationism weren’t a state secret. He sent the museum a letter, and that letter then belonged to the museum. It was theirs, to do with as they wished.”

    To “liberals” like McCausland property rights is as foreign as concepts having to earn the right to be taught in science class.

  3. In fairness, I don’t think that the recipient of a letter should feel free to disclose it without the sender’s consent.

    I suppose you could make a broad exception for some types of letters (like Nelson’s Epistle to the Insufficiently Godful), given that government types are supposed to be working for the rest of us, and there’s no good reason (like national security or laundering political donations) for keeping it hushed up.

    In any case, the letter would undoubtedly be subject to disclosure under the UK’s Freedom of Information Act, and Nelson is a haemorrhoid on the posterior of Ignorance for making a fuss about the leak.

  4. P.S.: Some more insightful musings from Nelson (allegedly) here.

  5. Amadan says:

    In fairness, I don’t think that the recipient of a letter should feel free to disclose it without the sender’s consent.

    Here you go: Who owns a letter once you’ve sent it?

  6. longshadow

    The most likely explanation for the curious fuss over disclosure of the letter is that its author is under the misapprehension that by making a fuss over its disclosure, the public will be distracted from its content, and thus, by implication, that its author is a buffoon.