Is Canada's Creationist Science Minister So Strange?

Posted by on March 20th, 2009


Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister for Science and Technology, has caused quite a stir in the last few days by refusing to answer questions about whether or not he believes in evolution. Bloggers are up in arms condemning the former chiropractor for couching the question in religious terms, and we can’t disagree with them. But here at we like to keep things in perspective. This guy isn’t the first politician to have a wacky world view. He isn’t even the first Canadian one. We decided it might be a good idea to remind people that most (if not all) politicians are strange by doing a little review of weird world leader beliefs.

…And we’re not even going to bring up Reagan’s fascination with astrology, Carter’s belief in UFOs and Clinton, Gore and Bush’s (Junior and Senior) ambiguous stances on creationism.

Former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King had strange views too. He used to cross the border into the US to conduct seances with an American medium. King owned both a ouija board and a crystal ball and claimed to hold court with those from beyond the grave including Leonardo Da Vinci and his dead mother. If that’s not strange enough, he also named every one of his dogs
Former Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas was embroiled in a 2003 scandal when it came out that he was buddy buddy with psychic healer and mystic Lena Lolisvili. Not only that, but he had been consulting her on appointments for official government posts and she was a guest of honor at his inauguration. According to the BBC, Paksas claims he was given the will to live after a major operation by Lolisvili, who energizes toilet paper before wrapping it around her patients.

As was mentioned in a previous post, former Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai is known around the world for his support of Urine Therapy. He even went on Dan Rather in the seventies to talk about how he credits the drinking of his own urine with his good health and longevity.

Mr. Goodyear’s influence pales in comparison to that of Emperor Palpatine’s, leader of the Galactic Empire! Even Palpatine had some wacky beliefs. Before he became ruler of the universe he was part of a cult monastic order called the Sith. The Sith believed in a bizarre ubiquitous power called The Force and believed they could harness the power of The Force to do anything from influencing people’s thoughts to moving objects with their mind. Ya right, keep dreaming Palpy.

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