catch42 – one of Talkni’s growing number of contributors – writes:
Interview with Edwin Poots Northern Ireland Minister for Culture on the BBC.
Part of a discussion on evolution………….. starting at the “Big bang theory”
Edwin Poots: Matthew, you’re telling me that cosmic balls of dust gathered and there was an explosion. We’ve had lots of explosions in Northern Ireland and I’ve never seen anything come out of that that was good. And you look at this earth and you tell me that there was a big bang and all of a sudden all that is good about this earth came out of it?
Matthew Parris: Good heavens! You’re the culture minister and you don’t believe in evolution?
Edwin Poots: Yes, absolutely. And you’re telling me that all of this evolution took place over billions of years, and yet it’s only in the last few thousand years that Man could actually learn to write?
William Crawley: How old is the earth?
Edwin Poots: My view on the earth is that it’s a young earth. My view is 4000 BC.
Now maybe we are expecting a bit too much from Edwin, basically he’s a farmer and an excellent one for all I know, but what is he doing as Minister for Culture. Its embarrassing for the people of Northern Ireland to be represented by someone like this. One of the blogs I read had a comment that said “My God these people are watching the Flintstones and think its a documentary”
I know its a paradigm shift that is required, but could we not have some small intelligence test for MPS, even the 11 plus would do. Oh and maybe a little test to see if they are actually sane!