James Lunney, the newly independent MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, says there is a campaign to smear Christians.
— James Lunney, MP (@jameslunneymp) April 10, 2015
Lunney held a press conference at his north Nanaimo riding office Thursday, to discuss the scrutiny that he and other Christians are receiving.
Lunney resigned from federal Conservative caucus on March 31 to sit as an independent in the House of Commons, citing the need to defend his religious views. He came under fire in late-February for defending an Ontario politician by tweeting that people should stop calling evolution fact.
“There’s an attempt to really displace a Christian world view from influence in Canada, from academia, from medicine, from law and I think clearly with these attacks on Christian politicians, there’s a deliberate attempt, with three of us being attacked in the past month, to make Christians look unintelligent, unelectable and uninformed.
“It’s based on a false construct in science and it’s based on evolutionism, which is a world view that grew out of a science construct from another era and the world that [Charles] Darwin couldn’t possibly understand was the world of cell biology,” said Lunney.
Lunney said he was dragged into the fray on Twitter and his tweets were basic comments about “science, managing assumptions” and evolution being theory rather than fact.
He also blamed the media for stirring up controversy.
“A few words on Twitter, inflated on social media, got wrapped up by the CBC, became a national story on March 2, which, of course, spread intolerance and bigotry from another century down on this MP and I think it’s a trial run for what they’re attempting to do to others across the country,” Lunney said.
Lunney didn’t comment when asked about words he had for his non-Christian constituents, in a question session that became heated.
He abruptly left his press conference.
For the full text of Lunney’s statement to reporters, please click here.