SCHIZOID APPOINTMENT CROSSES LINE
After already appointing a climate change denier and a creationist who believes the earth is 5,000 years old to important scientific positions within his administration, Stephen Harper has officially crossed the line.
He appointed evangelical pastor Chris Summerville to head a committee to study the "link" between marijuana and schizophrenia.
Mr. Summerville, the interim CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, is not a medical doctor and has no background in science. He has mental health issues and is a creationist and a biblical literalist who once said, "Satan will use any opportunity to attack, including mental illness."
A member of his evangelical group said this is "a wonderful opportunity" for Christians to influence public policy. This should not only be highly offensive to Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, agnostics, and atheists who do not wish to have Pastor Summerville's fundamentalist Christian agenda financed by their tax dollars, it should scare any person who values science, morality, and truth in public policy.
This government has guaranteed that studies will be unscientific propaganda, to further a religious agenda that makes a mockery of the values of secular democracy.
There is a correlation between schizophrenia and cannabis, but a correlation is not a causal link.
We need scientists and doctors, not religious officials, to investigate the true causes of mental illness.
People who have mental health issues need medicine and therapy, not exorcisms.
And it is obscene to fund a religiously motivated agenda with public funds.
Travis Erbacher, Langley
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