Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Trouble Surrounds Canada's Science Minister

Canada's Minister of Science, Gary Goodyear appears to be uncomfortable with evolution. The story, picked up by Mostly Water notes:
Canada's science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won't say if he believes in evolution.

“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,” Gary Goodyear, the federal Minister of State for Science and Technology, said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.
Whoa, time out. What does his religious persuasion have to do with evolution? Does he equate "belief" in evolution with atheism? If so, he is unqualified to judge biological science proposals—and, as such, should step down from his post. It is not an exaggeration that "nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution." Of course, we have to assume that was the question being asked. It wouldn't be the first time a news article was cut and pasted so as to distort. Still, if quoted accurately, it is a serious problem.

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