Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response 2010
E-Mailed the Skeptical Voter Questions on 15th April, this response was received on the 29th April:
1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven alternative "treatments" such as homeopathy? I support the limited use of funds to explore new forms of treatment, however this should not be at the expense of investment in mainstream medicines and treatment regimes.
2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution? No. Any teaching of evolution [sic] should take place in the context of religious education and the promotion of understanding the beliefs of others.
[Note: When asked about this response on Twitter in February 2015 Mr McKeever clarified his views on evolution/creationism: evolution? Should be taught as part of science; creationism as a religious view in RE.]
3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule? No.
4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked? Yes. This is vital to their credibility and role in advising government.
5. Should Sharia law be allowed as an alternative system within UK law? No.
6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines? Yes.
7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive? Yes.
8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus? Yes.
9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords? No.
10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence? Yes.
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