Goodyear “Clarifies” Stance on Evolution

Well, things are certainly clear as mud now.

You’ll recall that Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister of Science and Technology, refused to state whether he ‘believed’ in evolution, stating:

“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,”

Well, last night on TV, the Minister ‘clarified’* his position, stating:

“Of course I do, But it is an irrelevant question”

It is not an irrelevant question, Mr. Goodyear. It speaks to your abilities to comprehend scientific fact, and to be a good advocate for science in the Federal Cabinet room. Failure to accept the fundamental underpinnings of modern biology is, I think, a fatal flaw in a Minister of Science and Technology.

But it gets worse; much worse.

MP Marc Garneau, the Liberal Party’s Science and Technology critic, then came out with this festering pile of crap in response to the whole situation:

“It is a personal matter. It is a matter of faith.… I don’t think it prevents someone from being a good minister”

This frightens me, because Marc Garneau, a former astronaut, should know better. It is absolutely in no way a matter of faith; it is a matter of accepting the overwhelming evidence, or not. It is not a personal matter, any more than accepting that DNA is the genetic material is a ‘personal matter’; you may be entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.

And if the Minister did not believe in gravity, or was an HIV/AIDS denialist, I would put it to you that it would prevent him from being a good Minister. The same holds true for denial of evolution.

What a sad episode.

* – Why is it that politicians always have to ‘clarify’ things? I can’t recall the last time I ‘misspoke’ or ‘misremembered’ something, yet politicians seem to do it all the time.

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2 Responses to Goodyear “Clarifies” Stance on Evolution

  1. roscoe says:

    “…methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God.”

    Catechism of the Catholic Church

    These politicians are just trying to get elected. I just hope people realize that Catholics aren’t as science-skeptical as non-Catholic Christians. I guess the real problem arises on the normative questions…like whether we SHOULD use embryos to do research. Any opinion on whether we should or should not has nothing to do with science…right? Or do you think everything that man CAN do with science, he SHOULD do? (Not meant in a sarcastic way, I actually don’t know secular scientists’ point of view on this one)

  2. roscoe says:

    But I will echo your response, it is not a personal matter whether you believe in evolution…it’s only personal when it comes to how it affects your faith or how that shapes your image, or lack thereof, of God.

    Sigh, just politicians trying to get votes…

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