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Anti-science agenda makes for scary story
In that Halloween is approaching, here’s a truly scary story to contemplate: Stephen Harper’s religion-based anti-science agenda is allowed to become fully realized.
In the first chapters funding for research in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and history will be severely curtailed or eliminated because, after all, we have only been here for 5,000 years and those sciences are therefore invalid and irrelevant. Work in relation to the likes of climatology, glaciology, geology (also another kind of historical record), and oceanography will also decrease because anything that is happening is simply god’s will and it is a waste of time to try and understand anything beyond that certainty.
Stem-cell research will be eliminated because, well we know what George Bush, another arch-conservative, knew and did about that, don’t we. New government run “Boards of Approval” will be put in place to ensure that only those reports, stories, entertainments, and artistic works that conform to a certain code of decency and appropriate values will be made available to the public. Dogma will replace critical thinking in our school curriculums, and all trade and commerce will cease between Saturday midnight and 8 a.m. Monday morning. Of course the sale of tobacco and alcohol will continue because, well, the related taxes do fatter government coffers, don’t they!
There are many more horrifying chapters in this tale including some that are guaranteed to keep you awake at night.
A scary fantasy? Perhaps—but then, maybe you haven’t been paying attention to what is happening in those dark corridors and musty back rooms in the parliament building.