I put this in intp central but I'm also curious what people think here.
A bit of a news hotspot in Canada right now centers around the remarks of a Science Minister who initially refused to answer a question regarding his belief in evolution, on the grounds that he was a Christian and questions on religion in appropriate. When pressed by a different media source, he offered
"Well, of course, I do, but it's an irrelevant question … We are evolving every year, every decade."
He went on a bit, about choosing the proper shoes and such.
Link to article, though there are a few:
Scientists still wary after science minister confirms belief in evolution
At a glance this seems to me to be a rather feeble verbal deflection. Any gradeschooler knows that evolution in this context does not mean year to year and his response pointedly avoided addressing his opinions on a long-term view. Question becomes, is it appropriate for religious beliefs to affect our judgement on his ability to do his job?
I do not expect the government to address this directly, if at all. Religion is a core freedom per the charter and the minister has not pressed a religious agenda that would speak to conflicting values. They have no solid basis to dismiss him. On the other hand it makes a number of people rather nervous about bias.
What do you think?