Does Canada’s Science Minister Know What Evolution Is?

Last week our minister of Science, refused to respond to a question about his belief in evolution saying that was a religious question.  For most people evolution is a fact and certainly not a religious question.

The globe and mail quoted Mr Goodyear as stating:

“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.

On Wednesday Gary Goodyear in a CTV interview clarified his belief by stating that:

We are evolving every year, every decade. That’s a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment. But that’s not relevant and that is why I refused to answer the question. The interview was about our science and tech strategy, which is strong.

Right Honorable Science Minister that has nothing to do with evolution.  What you are talking about is physical adaption to the environment.  There is no mechanism for passing such characteristics on to the next generation.  There is no natural selection.  If that is your understanding of evolution then you are simply wrong and your understanding is more than 150 years out of date.  Canada deserves more than equivocation on this issue.  Does your understanding of evolution depend on what the meaning of is is?

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