Friday, April 10, 2015

Evolution throwback: Former Conservative MP James Lunney Demands to Stop Bullying of Religious People

'Stop calling evolution fact!'

Ontario PC house leader Steve Clark and leadership candidate Christine Elliott also disowned the remarks.
But Lunney has come to Nicholls's defence.
"[Just] stop calling #evolution fact!" tweeted Lunney, who said he had no problem calling it a "theory."

This MP, who is too conservative to stay silent, is accusing people and the media of bullying him based on his belief that evolution is not a fact.  He quit the government so as to stay true to his beliefs. But what self-serving political motivation made him remain silent while he was enjoying the power of being a politician?  Only when he is retiring, he stands up for his core beliefs.  His self-serving blog post


."..I share these concerns and I believe there is a growing and malignant trend by “cyber trolls” to engage, entrap, belittle and embarrass politicians of faith over false constructs of the word evolution.
In the past month, a few words were exchanged on social media, apparently inflammatory words: science, managing assumptions and theory or fact related to (macro) evolution.
My remarks were inflated by media, blended with other unrelated but alleged heretical statements and became a top-story on national media creating a firestorm of criticism and condemnation.  My profession and two institutes of higher learning were subject to slander and the constituents I have represented for 15 years were insulted in a fashion that most would find astounding in a mature democracy.  Two others were accosted at the provincial level; I see this as evidence of the developing phenomenon of “crowd–shaming”: what some call the “dark side” of the internet...."

"...Freedom of Religion and conscience are fundamental freedoms in Canada. Bigotry cloaked in defense of “science” is as intolerable and repugnant as bigotry from any other source.

It is contrary to our multi-racial, multicultural and multi-faith character and the tolerance for diversity that defines us as Canadians.
I know members on all sides of the house are concerned about bullying in general and cyber-bullying in particular. The government has brought in new legislative measures to address some aspects of this brutal phenomenon and there are many social actions like the pink shirt initiative that seek to shield the vulnerable."
Here is the reality of the situation, Mr. Lunney and other anti-evolution believers:

Your personally-held beliefs are not up for criticism if you hold them to yourself. Yet you claimed things you don't know any more about without proof in public. You said:

"Any scientist who declares that the theory of evolution is a fact has already abandoned the foundations of science. For science establishes fact through the study of things observable and reproducible. Since origins can neither be reproduced nor observed, they remain the realm of hypothesis," he said then.

There is more proof of evolution than the evidence for the existence of god has ever been made.  Period. Full stop. Unless you have proof of god, god is a theory. Evidence supporting evolution is proven and publicly available.

You claim you are being bullied, but you claim the existence of things you can't prove while publicly doubt things that are proven.

How can you accuse people of bullying when you don't apply the same rigorous "foundations of science" to your own beliefs? How can you claim one and not claim the other? That isn't bullying, Mr Lunney, that's taking you to task for a lack of consistency.

Your beliefs are up for criticism and your hypocrisy is the source of the problem. 

For too long, religious people have had the run of democracy criticizing what they don't believe with impunity so now they are insulted when rational people push back. You wouldn't get bullied if you didn't hold such unsupported and silly beliefs.