When Tory MPP Monte McNaughton asked the Minister of Education if local school counsels would be allowed to opt out of the controversial new sex-ed curriculum, Liz Sandals shot back with, “I assume if he was Premier you could opt out of teaching about evolution too.” At this point, Tory MPP Rick Nicholls chimed in with, “that’s not a bad idea”.
Watch this video of Mr. Nicholls as he responds to media questions about teaching evolution in schools. I appreciate his willingness to express his disbelief in evolution, yet he seemed very reluctant to do so, quickly point out that he does not speak for everyone in his caucus. When asked directly whether schools should be allowed to opt out of teaching evolution, he said that he would leave that decision up to the Minister of Education. I find his indifference troubling, especially since it is coming from the party whose official job is to oppose and challenge the position of the government.
The apologetic nature of his comments not only resulted in criticism from the Liberal party, but also in members of his own party distancing themselves from him. This illustrates the importance of understanding the creation/evolution debate and how to properly answer the skeptics. After this story broke, a friend asked me how we stand up for what we believe without alienating ourselves, so I thought I would give you my answer to the question of whether or not we should teach evolution in schools.