A friend pointed out (on Facebook) a somewhat disturbing story in today’s Globe and Mail. Apparently—and I don’t know the sources for this—Canada’s science minister, Gary Goodyear, is a chiropractor and creationist. And this concerns some folks. Here’s the story’s opening, which focuses on his refusal to address his stance on evolution (in what context I don’t know):
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.
After quoting some more of the minister’s remarks that are ambiguous but reminiscent of anti-evolution rhetoric (e.g., “I do believe that just because you can’t see it under a microscope doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”), the piece goes on to describe Mr. Goodyear’s background in science and technology, concerns from the science community, and his political ascent.