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“Creationists!” (Snicker!)

Tue, November 07, 2017   |   Author: Vicki Gunn   |   Volume 24    Issue 45   

In all of the excitement of the CHP National Convention, it would have been easy to miss being derided for our simplistic beliefs by our new Governor General, Julie Payette. As her position is apolitical, most politicians and parties refrain from commenting on these appointments unless there is something quite extraordinary. So would the Christian Heritage Party if it were not for Payette’s remarks last week.

In case you missed it, Payette said, “Can you believe, that still today, in learned society, and in houses of government, unfortunately, … we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process; let alone, oh my goodness, low and behold, a random process . . . ” To be honest, I would have hated to miss the eye-rolling that accompanied her comments. The words just didn’t fully cover her derision without her supercilious eye-rolling.

The role of the Governor General is to represent the Sovereign (King or Queen) who is in turn commissioned as the supreme governor of the Church of England. Now we have a Governor General who rolls her eyes at the the simple faith of her sovereign along with the simplistic beliefs of her sovereign’s simpleton subjects.. What kind of servant thinks she is greater than her mistress, the one she is supposed to represent?

Payette’s comments on the politics of the ‘theory of climate change’ (yes, it does remain a theory, not a fact) along with her derision of any form of faith, except faith in science and knowledge, are out of line with her position. Even the CBC ran an article questioning this speech!

What are our Prime Minister’s thoughts on Payette’s dereliction of her duty to remain apolitical? Was he shocked? Did he accept responsibility for not ensuring she knew the decorum and protocol expected of the Governor General? Did he apologize to the 67% of Canadians who believe in God? Did he apologize to the many Canadians who do not believe in the theory of climate change or our arrogant assumption that we can take control of our weather?

Of course not!

Our Prime Minister, who believes in diversity (as long as the diverse agree with his thoughts) said, “We are a government grounded in science. Canadians are people who understand the value of science and knowledge as a foundation for the future of our country . . . ”

According to the PM’s worldview, our future is not found in the strength of our moral fibre, or the strength of our families, or the strength of our commitment to Christian principles as is evidenced in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Nope, scientific knowledge alone is what our Prime Minister thinks is our foundation. He seems to think that science and knowledge are sufficient to protect our cultural values of equality and freedom. Please don’t ask how, specifically, the gods of science and knowledge will keep our moral foundations secure. That’s one of life’s little mysteries..

Further, PM Trudeau said, “. . . I am extraordinarily proud of the strength and the story of our Governor General, Julie Payette, who has never hidden away her passion for science and her deep faith that knowledge, research and the truth is a foundation for any free, stable, successful society. And I applaud the firmness with which she stands in support of science and the truth.”

What makes our drama teacher turned PM and our astronaut turned Governor General the guardians of even the realm of science? Just because our Governor General has been in outer space doesn’t mean she knows the One who made the stars and the planets. There is a danger of mistaking a theory for a fact. It’s happened many times before. Until a new theory is proven, those holding onto past theories are often rigid in their assumptions, many of which have been finally proven wrong. The Bible talks about “science falsely so called” . . . in other words, fake science. Many scientists once believed in a flat earth until they were proven wrong. Many believed in spontaneous generation until they were proven wrong. Now some believe in the random and uncaused eruption of design and life. Some even believe in the very questionable theory of CO2-caused climate change. To assume that “science” stands on one side and faith on the other is to assume that all scientists agree, even on topics which cannot be proven by repeated experiments AND to assume that a belief in a sovereign and intelligent Designer in some way denies scientific facts.

Here’s the ‘kicker’ of our Prime Minister’s comments: he endorsed Payette’s “faith that knowledge, research and (lower-case “t”) truth is the foundation of any free, stable and successful society.” In his mind, in her mind, it’s not our Charter commitment to the rule of law or our Charter rules of equality, freedom and rights that keep us ‘free, stable and successful’. Not according to the leader of our country. Not according to our Governor General, who is mandated to exercise the powers and responsibilities belonging to the Sovereign on her behalf.

Perhaps they could show us where a ‘scientific hypothesis’ masquerading as ‘truth’ has in any way ever protected our freedom.

But, there’s more to be said! Can you believe that we’re still debating creationism? I thought it was settled in the first five words of the Bible, “In the beginning God created…”

Madame Payette, I urge you to take one of the fine crystal goblets that comes with your job. Throw it to the floor and wait for the shattered shards to put themselves into some kind of order… perhaps your ‘big bang’ will create a whole new life form… perhaps your ‘big bang’ will create something more amazing than the human eye with over 2 million parts.

Canadians have elected an arrogant Prime Minister who has appointed an arrogant Governor General. Both need to get on their knees and repent, as did King Nebuchadnezzar in biblical times, before the judgment of God comes on our nation. God will not be mocked or derided.

It’s time for us, the electorate, to repent of what we have done in honouring the dishonourable rather than honouring God. Then we must use our vote responsibly to ensure that God is honoured by our vote. “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

It’s time to support a political party that is based in our historical rights and freedoms, under the sovereignty of God.

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