Stop the presses! Gary Goodyear our science minister speaketh, and hopefully endeth this brouhaha of the past few days:
OTTAWA — Canada's Science Minister has cut short a brewing controversy over his views on evolution.
Gary Goodyear raised eyebrows when he refused to tell The Globe and Mail newspaper if he believes in the science of evolution.
But the Minister of State for Science and Technology flatly said today that he does indeed believe in evolution.
Mr. Goodyear said he refused to answer the Globe question because it was “irrelevant” and his beliefs have nothing to do with government policy.
And so now we can all sleep a little better at night.
But seriously, here's my two cents. Were Goodyear not the science minister, I could care less about his personal beliefs on creationism vs. evolution. Were he defence minister it would be irrelevant. But he's science minister, so his views on basic scientific theories and what not are absolutely in bounds. I think it's lame for him to blame the reporter. From my reading of the interview he walked into it and then flubbed the answer, so it was bad comms by Goodyear. But good comms to come out now and hopefully put this thing to bed.
Let me say this though. There was absolutely room for legitimate criticism and debate here following the initial comments. But with respect to my "progressive" friends and colleagues, there's a way to raise the legitimate issues without being insulting and rude. The flinstones stuff and other jokes were unnecesary. We're supposed to be better than that.
While I do find creationism baffling, I respect people's rights to their own beliefs. I just expect my science minister to side with science, and apparently he does, so that's that.
UPDATE: Or maybe he doesn't. Read the comments. Whatever he believes or doesn't, he's doing a crap-ass job of handling this thing. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers