Creationist Wisdom #562: Lunney the Loony #2

Surely you remember James Lunney — Creationist Canadian MP. He’s the Conservative member of the Canadian Parliament who quit the Tory caucus, citing a deliberate attempt to “suppress a Christian worldview.” Besides being a creationist, he’s also a chiropractor. After that post we found that he had written a letter-to-the-editor, so we wrote Creationist Wisdom #550: Lunney the Loony.

Now he’s back again in the same newspaper where his earlier letter appeared. In the Nanaimo Daily News of Nanaimo, known as the “Bathtub Racing Capital of the World,” situated on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, we find Has the media done its job? The newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

There have been many opinions expressed about my decision to step out of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus to push back on a despicable, unscientific and intolerant attack on political figures with a Christian world-view. So far, it has brought out the good, the bad and the ugly in an otherwise tolerant Canadian society normally known for embracing and respecting diversity.

Skipping some complaints about his various critics, Lunney says:

[S]cience affirms my faith; and I will use science to defend my beliefs. A Christian worldview is not one iota less scientific than a godless Evolutionism worldview! It is the rapidly expanding world of molecular biology and cell biology that has outstripped any rational defence of the origin of life or the simplest cell ever coming into being by random or undirected natural processes.

Uh huh. Let’s read on:

The late Nobel laureate (and atheist) Francis Crick gave up trying to calculate the probability of life ever emerging by random events. Even at NASA’s estimate of 14 billion years, the universe is infinitely too young!

Really? The known views of Francis Crick don’t seem very compatible with those of Lunney. And at Wikiquote, this is attributed to Crick:

An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going. But this should not be taken to imply that there are good reasons to believe that it could not have started on the earth by a perfectly reasonable sequence of fairly ordinary chemical reactions. The plain fact is that the time available was too long, the many microenvironments on the earth’s surface too diverse, the various chemical possibilities too numerous and our own knowledge and imagination too feeble to allow us to be able to unravel exactly how it might or might not have happened such a long time ago, especially as we have no experimental evidence from that era to check our ideas against.

Then Lunney says: “How wrong and how long science can be wrong is something I have experience with.” After that he devotes a few paragraphs to something he claims is a medical triumph he achieved. We don’t know anything about it, so we’ll ignore it. Even if it’s true, it has nothing to do with creationism. He concludes his letter with this:

I have done my job as an MP standing up for the lives of my constituents and all Canadians. Has the media done theirs?

Lunney feels the press doesn’t appreciate him. But we do. Creationists have no idea how entertaining they are.

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5 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #562: Lunney the Loony #2

  1. Lunney is a chiropractor. Given how badly he has allowed his religious views to distort his understanding of science vis a vis evolution, I would be unsurprised to find that this current recounting of his relationship to Health Canada on the C. difficile issue has been equivalently colored by his career in unevidence-based medicine.

  2. michaelfugate

    Lunnacy, I say, lunnacy.

  3. (Warning: incoming bad joke!)

    So Canada has a South too?

  4. @anevilmeme
    Oddly enough, Vancouver Island has always tended to be on the liberal side of things. Cretins like Lunney get elected largely as a by-product of the parliamentary system. There is a saying that in a parliamentary system “If you vote for the man and not the party, you just don’t understand the system.”

    Due to a mixture of historical and current regional issues, especially in a country the size of Canada, it sometimes happens that the emotions of geographic tribalism trump the general ideological bent of the area. In most places east of the Rockies, this would be a naturally Liberal riding. Here, however, a lot of people would rather eat a bowl of their own vomit than vote for the federal Liberal party. And since Lunney’s riding encompasses the more affluent retiree suburbs north of the city, the more socialist NDP are not a viable option for many. Ergo, the Conservative party gets in.

    The influx of retirees from Alberta, the real Canadian Bible Belt, into Lunney’s riding may have something to do with it as well.

    The south part of Nanaimo, incidentally, votes at the opposite end of the political spectrum, ie. NDP.

    As an added bit of trivia, Less than 50% of residents here practice any religion, according to Wikipedia.

  5. So Dunney days science has been very wrong for a very long time, and then he says science proves creationism. Yeah that non sequitur really inspires confidence in your position, genius.

    It’s the usual creationist two-step.

    “We creationists love science! We believe in science! …Also, science is for Nazis and $%tards.”

    Yah, I’m really feelin the love there Galileo.

    Note that this chiropractor, who chose to practice the most unevidenced form of medicine, one step above coffee enemas to cure cancer, boasts of having proven that anti-acid drugs cause C. difficile infections, NOT via an experiment, NOT via an article published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature… but via a press conference. Given by a politician.

    Yah history shows that’s how science really advances. By press conferences. Given by politicians. That has such an illustrious history. Right up there with Jim Inhofe disproving global warming by finding one ball’s worth of snow in the winter and displaying it before the Senate, or the Indiana legislature decreeing that pi = 3.000.

    Who needs $%&tty peer-reviewed scientific articles when you’be got a politician giving a #%&*king press conference? That’s how science really advances.

    — Diogenes