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Evolution – 2, Conservatives – 0

Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney steps into the evolution breach with this gem

“Any scientist who declares that the theory of evolution is a fact has already abandoned the foundations of science,” Lunney said in the House on Thursday. Given what is known today, he added: “Darwin would be willing to re-examine his assumptions.”

On the surface, this doesn’t seem so bad. Scientists refine theories all the time, based on new evidence. Unfortunately for Lunney, he doesn’t stop while sane (from the linked article):

Lunney’s brief speech contained references to controversial theories espoused by Robert V. Gentry, a creationist, Seventh-day Adventist Church member and nuclear physicist. Gentry concluded, after studying radiohalos, microscopic zones of damage found around radioactive crystals in rock, that the rock must have been formed in minutes, not the generally accepted millions of years. Gentry’s theory, discredited as pseudoscience by the mainstream scientific community, has spawned a new field of study for creationists who take the story of Genesis literally.

Lunney also made reference to plate tectonic and fossil evidence theories some Christians consider proof of creationism. He gave the speech in Ottawa at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time but has been unavailable for comment since then, despite repeated calls.

All I can say is this: I love it when Harper is far, far away and the Conservative base finds the courage to speak it’s mind. What little mind there is. Kudos to Darrell Bellaart for finding this and informing us.

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