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Prat of the Week prize goes to Ulster politician Mervyn Storey

Prat of the Week prize goes to Ulster politician Mervyn Storey February 14, 2009

IF YOU thought WE have some morons in government, cast your eyes over to Northern Ireland, which is fast gaining the dubious reputation of having some of the biggest prats on the planet in its parliament.
Take Christian fundie Mervyn Storey, for example. He is a Democratic Unionist Assemblyman and chairman of the Assembly’s education (education?!) committee – and he is pissed off big time this week because the Ulster Museum in Belfast is mounting a series of events to commemorate Charles Darwin.

Assemblyman Mervuyn Storey
Assemblyman Mervyn Storey
The über-religious Storey has threatened a legal challenge against the event unless it stages a creationist exhibition to counter-balance its evolution events.
According to the Guardian, the North Antrim assembly member called for an “alternative exhibition” promoting creationism.
Storey, a born-again Christian advocate of creationism and so-called intelligent design, said that as the museum in Belfast’s university district was publicly funded it should be subject to the province’s equality legislation.
The brainless Bible-basher said the museum could be subject to a legal challenge under equality legislation if they chose to ignore alternative views that many people here in the Province believe in.
He also described Charles Darwin as a “racist” over his description of aboriginal peoples in his other classic tome The Descent of Man.

In this politically correct society we live in today, if Darwin expressed those views about other peoples of the world now he would not be put on any pedestal.

He added:

I am not against the museum or anywhere else promoting Darwin’s theory, but I think it would be in the public’s interest to give them an alternative theory as well … there are others in the scientific world who question that thesis and their voices should be heard in publicly funded institutions like the museum.
In the past, when I have written to the museum about necessity to show the public an alternative to Darwin’s theory (and let’s stress it is still only a theory), they have been quite dismissive.

And so it bloody well should be!
Storey underscored his idiocy by revealing that he had written to the National Trust complaining about information on display around Ireland’s most famous landmark, the Giant’s Causeway in his constituency. The politician – who believes in the literal truth of the Bible and that the earth was created only several thousand years before Christ’s birth – said he objected to notices informing the public that the rock formation was about 550 million years old.
It will come as no surprise that the former school teacher is also campaigning to have creationism and intelligent design theory taught in Northern Ireland’s schools. However the Sinn Fein education minister, Catriona Ruane, insisted they would not form any part of the schools’ curriculum.

The backbone of the DUP – the largest party in the Stormont assembly – is made up of evangelical Christians, many of whom have been members of Ian Paisley’s Free Presbyterian church. It has left the more secular wing of the party to have to deal with maverick statements from the DUP evangelicals.
Four days before Storey went off on one about the museum, the DUP’s Northern Ireland environment minister, Sammy Wilson, railed against the idea that climate change is man-made, and used his powers to ban a government-paid climate change TV advertisement. Wilson, a climate-change sceptic, claimed the ad was “insidious New Labour propaganda.”
robinson2Last year Iris Robinson, a DUP MP and wife of Northern Ireland’s first minister, caused outrage when she condemned homosexuality as an “abomination” that could be “cured” with psychiatry. Her remarks are the subject of a police investigation after complaints that the comments allegedly incited hatred against the local gay community.
Evolution clearly has a lot of catching up to do in Ulster before the province enters the 21st century.
Hat tip: Michael Cohen

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