While I already linked to it back here, this bit of Blogging Tory inanity is so huggably precious, it really deserves its own post. Go ahead -- it's pinata time.
Several people seem to be upset about John Tory wanting intelligent design taught in a religion class in private religious schools that he wants to be funded publically. Let's just look at the numbers. According to the 2001 census only 16.2% of the people who answered the census identified themselves as no religion. How can alienating only 16.2% of the population be such a horrible set back?
How many of that 16% would have voted for him in the first place? Conversely, how many of the other 84% be more apt to vote for him? Surely much of that 84% are centrists. Besides, what else would you expect from private religious schools? How is this any different from the previous debate about funding private religious schools?
Who is preaching intolerance now?
Where to even begin?
JUST SO YOU DON'T MISS IT, there is one point in the above to which I would like to draw your attention.
GC claims that, since only 16.2% of the population is allegedly non-theistic, then promoting the teaching of creationism can alienate at most that 16.2%. Now, who sees the logical implication of that logic? Come on, you can do it.
Why, yes ... by logical implication, GC is therefore claiming that the remaining 83.8% will have no problem with creationism in the science classroom. He is therefore implying -- nay, he is suggesting outright -- that that remaining 83.8% of the electorate (including all variations of Christianity) are all scientific retards.
Clearly, it does not occur to GC that there might those who, while devout Christians, are still educated enough to recognize fundamentalist, Christian swill for the scientific excrement that it is. No, in GC's world, if you're a Christian, you're a moron. I'm pretty sure that's not the message he was trying to send but, sadly, it's the one that's coming across. I'm sure his religious colleagues are going to have some words for GC. And I don't think they're going to be encouraging ones.