This is How Everyone Should React When a Politician Admits He Doesn’t Accept Evolution February 26, 2015

This is How Everyone Should React When a Politician Admits He Doesn’t Accept Evolution

In the United States, when a politician refuses to admit he accepts evolution, he’s still considered a plausible candidate for President.

In Canada, when a politician doubts evolution, he’s laughed off the public stage:

MPP Rick Nicholls

An Ontario Tory’s statement that he doesn’t believe in evolution has puzzled and frustrated his fellow Conservatives who admitted Wednesday that stance doesn’t help a party trying to rebuild after four consecutive election defeats.

Progressive Conservative Rick Nicholls raised eyebrows in the legislature Tuesday when he responded to a Liberal taunt by saying opting out of teaching students evolution “was not a bad idea.”

Interim PC leader Jim Wilson insisted Nicholls’s views on evolution were not representative of Ontario Tories, and admitted the outburst “obviously didn’t help” a party in the midst of a leadership race.

“He’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s not shared by the majority of caucus members that I know of,” said Wilson. “It’s the first I’ve ever heard of it actually.”

I’m just shocked by the reaction… not because I know much about Canadian politics, but because Nicholls’ party colleagues rushed to distance themselves from his remarks. They saw his anti-science rhetoric as something that could harm their party.

Meanwhile, ignoring settled science is essentially part of the GOP platform these days.

(Image via Wikipedia. Thanks to @theprawnatron for the link)

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