Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tax leakage is nothing more than creationism, religiously advanced by the backwater Globe and Mail

Minister won't confirm belief in evolution

Researchers aghast that key figure in funding controversy invokes religion in science discussion


From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

March 17, 2009 at 2:00 AM EDT

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.

A funding crunch, exacerbated by cuts in the January budget, has left many senior researchers across the county scrambling to find the money to continue their experiments.

Some have expressed concern that Mr. Goodyear, a chiropractor from Cambridge, Ont., is suspicious of science, perhaps because he is a creationist.

When asked about those rumours, Mr. Goodyear said such conversations are not worth having.


Dr Mike said...

Now isn`t this interesting--the man in charge of the Science portfolio is suspicious of the proven theories of Science--this has to be real good in terms of funding for anything not within his religious bounds.

I hate to tell him but this is not how science works as erecting a fence like religion will stifle new ideas & progress.

I would be afraid to wave the stem cell issue in his face for sure.

As far as evolution goes , all we have to do is look at the new super bugs found in our hospital system as these are germs that have modified (evolved) from an existing less resistant state.

Also , maybe he could explain why humans & most creatures have vestigial organs as they develop from the fetal state to birth.

Boggles my mind that guys like Goodyear & Flaherty are put in charge of portfolios for which they do not have the understanding to move them forward.

Dr Mike Popovich

Anonymous said...

I find your use of this photo insulting. I had a mentally challenged brother and the thought he'd be used for political crap hurts and is obscene.

Leeky Sweek said...

"Some have expressed concern that Mr. Goodyear, a chiropractor from Cambridge, Ont., is suspicious of science, perhaps because he is a creationist."

What a dumb statement.

Why, why, why does everyone assume that Christianity and science don't mix?

Anonymous said...

Fabulous title for this blog ... love it. Well done.

I say fire this jack ass he isn't qualified. How much of a science background to you really need to be a chiropractor? Aren't his religious views counter productive for his profession? My understanding is those with serious back issues or paralysis can benefit from stem cell research or procedures. What a jerk!
Isn't this a form of insubordination towards the granting agency, the government who put him in charge of distributing this money and of course us tax payers? Granting agencies have the responsibility of acting professionally under all circumstances even if it means standing up to a Prime Minister by discrediting his personal religious views. That is what tax payers are paying for.
This is CANADA - religion must be separate from Government under all circumstances. In Ontario we sent that message loud and clear to John Tory. Obviously that message needs to be sent to Stephen Harper.
Although we should expect nothing less the man was part of the Reform Party.

As for the photo: I didn't get mentally challenged from this kid's photo. Maybe a health problem with his sight or he is sleeping. Looks like it was taken in a crazy southern USA evangelical Christian state. I also notice the photographer embedded their info in the file so there must be a model release. The child's caregivers would have had to sign. Sorry, nothing in appropriate here with regards to use of the photo. I do agree it is unjustified to belittle the mentally challenged. It wasn't done here.