Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Conservative Party of Canada, or Bedlam Redux

It's started. Since the recent election of the Conservative Party, my fears of Canada drifting into a no-man's land of ideologically deranged governance are being realized.

The first proof? The denial of a modest $40k grant by the federal government to a McGill University professor who proposed to study the effects of Intelligent Design philosophy on Canadians' view of evolution theory. Pretty reasonable and benign, wouldn't you say?

The reason offered by Industry Canada (a federal department) for this rejection? The professor had not provided "justification for the assumption in the proposal that the theory of evolution, and not intelligent design theory, was correct".

I am not going to weigh into the Darwinist/Creationist debate, and I am usually quite tolerant of divergent view points. But shit on a stick! What neo-con addled asswipe came up with the notion that evolution needed to be proven? Sure, theories change and adapt themselves to new data and discoveries. Sometimes we even throw them out the window as contradictory evidence presents itself. However, to declare that evolution is an unproven theory on par with intelligent design is as ideologically-driven a statement as they come.

So what next on the Conservative agenda? Trimming the health budget by reintroducing leechcraft and bloodletting? Funding the Flat Earth Society? Removing all books from schools, universities and public libraries containing evidence that man was not coeval with the dinosaurs, as our current Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day asserts?

Mark my words, this is only the start.

5 Comments:

Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Cats and dogs living together, yes, this is the end of days. Canada is being punished for state owned liquor stores...

7:32 PM  
Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

Dear Nanuk, I am sorry to be the one to shatter your illusions but leech craft and blood-letting are perfectly respectable in medicine, evolution really is a pigment of the collective scientific fimagination, Columbus proved the earth is flat as an ironing board, and dinosaurs are actually a huge hoax perpetuated by fraudulent museum curators.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Are you suggesting that the earth is NOT flat? Hmmm?

7:25 AM  
Blogger nanuk said...

Mr. Fab: Little known factoid - according to the Flat Eart Society, one of the four edges of the world is off the coast of Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

Fuff: Emigrate here and take a cabinet position. We need someone of your calibre over here.

TPK: Monday's post will be on that very subject. How did you know?

9:00 AM  
Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

Um, actually I think you meant me, Nanuk, lol. Don't go insulting Princess Fuff by mistaking her for me. ;-)

I'd love to immigrate up to your neck of the woods... except they'd toss me right back south. :-(

1:06 PM  

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