Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Most Ridiculous Creationist of the Week...

Actually, you're getting two ridiculouses for the price of one, the prize for possibly the most improbable website of tinterwebs going to FixedEarth.com! Yep, folks, flat-Earthism is dying but geocentrism is alive and kicking!

Via
Pharyngula

Can any Texan reading this explain how these lunatic yahoos get elected? I've read Molly Ivins, but she hasn't explained how normal, ordinary folk can walk into a voting booth and pull a lever for some macho pseudo-cowboy with slicked back hair and a belief that the earth doesn't rotate, and that all atheists are actually Jews in disguise. Read it and weep.

The second most powerful member of the Texas House has circulated a Georgia lawmaker's call for a broad assault on teaching of evolution.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, used House operations Tuesday to deliver a memo from Georgia state Rep. Ben Bridges.

The memo assails what it calls "the evolution monopoly in the schools."

Mr. Bridges' memo claims that teaching evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs.

"Indisputable evidence – long hidden but now available to everyone – demonstrates conclusively that so-called 'secular evolution science' is the Big Bang, 15-billion-year, alternate 'creation scenario' of the Pharisee Religion," writes Mr. Bridges, a Republican from Cleveland, Ga. He has argued against teaching of evolution in Georgia schools for several years.

He then refers to a Web site, www.fixedearth.com, that contains a model bill for state Legislatures to pass to attack instruction on evolution as an unconstitutional establishment of religion.

Mr. Bridges also supplies a link to a document that describes scientists Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein as "Kabbalists" and laments "Hollywood's unrelenting role in flooding the movie theaters with explicit or implicit endorsement of evolutionism."

Fixed Earth, as you might guess from the name, is a site that advocates that the earth is stationary at the center of the universe. That's how low these gomers are sinking.

But one of the funniest parts of Pharygula's blogpost are the comments. Here are some pure gems:
#2: What I love best about geocentrists, is how far they go to differentiate themselves from flat-earthers. After all, "those people are crazy! Everyone knows the world is round."

#5: "Indisputable evidence - long hidden but now available to everyone - demonstrates conclusively that so-called 'secular evolution science' is the Big Bang, 15-billion-year, alternate 'creation scenario' of the Pharisee Religion,"

And that evidence would be? The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, perhaps? Not that I'm detecting even the faintest whiff of anti-Semitism from that site, oh no...

As for the idea of the Earth not even rotating... Coriolis force, anyone?

It does raise an interesting question though - just how far out can you go and still get taken seriously in contemporary American politics? Is there even a limit?

#6: On behalf of all the smart Texans, I would like to apologize. Our efforts to clean up all the stupid have been quite difficult, and we realize we're far behind schedule.

#35: I've been reading this amazingly entertaining "fixed earth" website. I'm not quite sure I understand his premise (Yes, I know, I'm trying to understand the insane.)

Is it only the Earth that is fixed, and the rest of the universe rotates around it? Or is everything fixed, and the motion of the heavens that we see some kind of trick? I haven't read that far as yet.

You see, I have this "fixed crankshaft" hypothesis. The crankshaft in my car is fixed, and my car (along with the rest of the Earth and heavens) rotates around it.

Think I can get a Texas Representative to endorse me?

2 Comments:

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Greg said...

We briefly interrupt this segment of "Developing Your Web Presence" for an urgent update. He who's known to you as "Greg" of "Hear, O Israel!" has posted a short piece on what he'd do if elected Prime Minister in this here Israel. Y'all are welcome to come on over and present your shrewd intellectual arguments.

Gert: I thought it would be unfair to have just one side represented so I'm trying to get some left-wingers to comment on my latest post.

Take care, G.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger Behemoth101 said...

Texas is a big place with lots of gerrymandered districts. That's one reason for the higher-than-normal ratio of religious fanatics running the place.

There are lots of wealthy relgious people who have lots of time on their hands, so they tend to contact their politicians more. The more letters the politician receives advocating some crazy policy, the more he or she is likely to support it. Voila.

Sometimes they advocate religious things simply to pay lip service to their base... even if they know the policies are outlandish and will fail in a vote. They are concerned with re-election, not results.

BTW, most Texas representatives, no matter how fanatical or crazy are actually quite good at getting non-policy things done. For instance, I wanted to get a city discount on parking meters because I have a hybrid car, so I simply mailed a letter and that was all it took for one of the Texas politicians to help me.

 

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