Our regular commentator Terry writes:
Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks.
The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling of “moral” issues, but because the government is headed by an openly lesbian premier, some conservative voters are terrified the standards will teach homosexuality to children.
One conservative MPP couldn’t help but insinuate the premier’s lack of moral fitness — and he said it in the legislature (a definite no-no). The premier’s brilliant response will no doubt be taught in law schools going forward.
When Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls shouted in the legislature it’s “not a bad idea” to stop teaching evolution in schools, he wasn’t kidding.
The off-the-cuff remark during a heated debate over the new sex education curriculum landed Nicholls (Chatham—Kent—Essex) in hot water with Conservative colleagues and left him ridiculed by others.
The controversial quip came after Education Minister Liz Sandals — reacting to criticisms Tuesday from Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton about modernizing sex education — scolded that a Tory government “could opt out of teaching about evolution, too.”
That’s when Nicholls retorted “that’s not a bad idea” as catcalls died down.
He told reporters he doesn’t “believe in evolution”. What a very silly man.
His fellow Conservatives say that stance doesn’t help a party trying to rebuild after four consecutive election defeats. Well, it would if this was the US, methinks. Please Canada, we count on you to be America’s SMART hat. Don’t go all Creationist on us.
Tip: Terry the Censor