In a recent address in the House of Commons, James Lunney, long-standing conservative MP for Nanaimo-Alberni made the following statement:
Mr. Speaker, recently we saw an attempt to ridicule the presumed beliefs of a member of this House and the belief of millions of Canadians in a creator. Certain individuals in the media and the scientific community have exposed their own arrogance and intolerance of beliefs contrary to their own. 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.
In science, it is perfectly acceptable to make assumptions when we do not have all the facts, but it is never acceptable to forget our assumptions. Given the modern evidence unavailable to Darwin, advanced models of plate techtonics, polonium radiohalos, polystratic fossils, I am prepared to believe that Darwin would be willing to re-examine his assumptions.
The evolutionists may disagree, but neither can produce Darwin as a witness to prove his point. The evolutionists may genuinely see his ancestor in a monkey, but many modern scientists interpret the same evidence in favour of creation and a creator.
In general, the phenomenon of faith-based antiscience is American in origin, due to the constitutional separation of church and state. Here north of the 49th* parallel, most of our school boards have a religious origin, so that religious content can be presented as such, and not substituted for science. However, the phenomenon is not uniquely confined to the US.
As PZ Meyers points out, we cannot afford to be complacent, even though we are on the periphery. When Lunney spoke in the House, he was speaking in his professional capacity as a representative of his constituency, and of the governing party of this country. For someone in his position, taking an antiscience stance is unacceptable, and does a disservice to his constituency and to his country. If you are a citizen of the Great White North, or ideally a constituent of Nanaimo-Alberni, I suggest you may want to write him and let him know that he is completely wrong. His contact information is here.
Interestingly, you may notice on his site that he is Dr.James Lunney. It turns out he is a Doctor of Chiropractic – a field that has itself been criticized for unscientific claims.
*Although most of Canada lies north of the 49th parallel, the line that forms the southern border of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, not all of it does. I am actually sitting at 43.75N.