Looks like we’re getting some “Expelled” action going on here in Canada as well:
Federal Science Minister Gary Goodyear’s refusal to say whether he believes in evolution has left scientists questioning what that means for Canadian research.
Dolph Schluter, a professor at the University of British Columbia, told CBCNews.ca in an email that he was “first flabbergasted and then embarrassed” when he heard Goodyear’s response to a reporter’s question about whether he believed in evolution.
“I’m not going to answer that question,” Goodyear, federal minister of state for science and technology, told the Globe and Mail in an article published Tuesday. “I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.”
… “We can’t have people in government who ignore the facts because it doesn’t jibe with their personal religious beliefs. To the extent that this is going on with the minister, it raises very serious questions .… Exactly the same attitudes had enormous implications in the States under the previous administration.”…
“None of us who use evolution or do research in evolution ‘believe’ in evolution,” he said. “It’s a matter of accepting a vast body of information that’s been collected from all fields of human investigation.”…
None of those who believe in evolution ‘believe’ in evolution, they’re just accepting facts? I understand that these people actually do believe that evolution is a fact (and by this I mean progressive, macro-evolution – goo-to-you), but to assume that the Hon. Goodyear is ignorant of science (or even of the theory of evolution itself) if he doesn’t believe in evolution seems to me to portray a fair amount of ignorance in itself.