From Yahoo News:
OTTAWA (CBC) - Faith-based schools that teach creationism in science class won't receive the public funding Ontario's Progressive Conservatives have proposed, a party spokeswoman said.
Just yesterday it seemed John Tory was saying that they would. But note that I'm not the guy calling this shift a flip-flop. Its the SoCon True believers at Free Dominion (a selection from comments):
This is going to hurt them both ways - bringing it up could swing secular moderates to the Liberals and the flip-flop could swing social conservatives to the FCP or keep them at home.
He is certainly doing a good job of letting the Premiership fall right out of hands with this kind of flipfloppping.
And I'm not accusing Mr. Tory of flip-flopping because I am not impressed with his "clarification". His current position runs as follows:
"It's still called the theory of evolution," Tory said. "They teach evolution in the Ontario curriculum, but they also could teach the fact to the children that there are other theories that people have out there that are part of some Christian beliefs."
So the only difference post-clarification is that now Creationism will be taught in the religion rather than science class. But what is going to be taught in the religion class--that Evolution is just a theory, that Creationism is also a theory, and in fact an alternative theory to Evolution--is still a scientific falsehood.
And to me using your religion class to undermine what your science class is teaching is unacceptable, at least if its being done on the public dime. Would we let religious studies teach that IF (Intelligent Falling) is an alternative to the theory of Gravity? I think not.
Update: Coyne's take on this issue, written before the whole Creationism thing came up.