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February 20, 2007

Memo: The Earth Doesn’t Move

by Stephen Littau

Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds

Kansas’ government school science curriculum is no longer the laughing stock of the nation and the world; the dubious honor may next be bestowed on Georgia. Georgia state representative Ben Bridges has circulated a memo to other state lawmakers around the country encouraging his colleagues to challenge the teaching of evolution (while promoting of I.D. creation “science”) in court by stating that evolution is not science but part of another religion thus violating the separation of church and state. This in itself is nothing too unusual; those who promote I.D. have made that argument before. Bridges memo goes even further: evolution is part of an ancient Jewish conspiracy! Obviously, this did not sit well with the Anti-defamation League.

Just when I thought this story couldn’t get nuttier, the memo has links to a site called fixedearth.com as its authority. Fixedearth.com not only takes on well-established scientific theories of evolution and the big bang (what the site calls “big bangism”) but the very fact that…the earth revolves around the sun! According to the site the earth DOES NOT MOVE and the sun REVOLVES AROUND THE EARTH. No shit.

Marshall Hall, the sites creator and former government school teacher (scary), believes that the idea that the earth revolves around the sun is also a giant conspiracy to discredit the bible. Hall references two bible verses “The world is established and cannot move” (Psalm 93:1) and “He hangeth the Earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). Following these verses, Hall goes on to say:

The Bible and all real evidence confirms that this is precisely what He did, and indeed:

The Earth is not rotating…nor is it going around the sun.

The universe is not one ten trillionth the size we are told.

Today’s cosmology fulfills an anti-Bible religious plan disguised as “science”.

The whole scheme from Copernicanism to Big Bangism is a factless lie.

Those lies have planted the Truth-killing virus of evolutionism in every aspect of man’s “knowledge” about the Universe, the Earth, and Himself.

I can’t say that I am all that surprised that there are such people out there who have not left the dark ages. What is a little surprising and very disturbing is the idea that a U.S. lawmaker on any level would listen to moon bats such as Marshall Hall to put forward an agenda in government schools. Had I stumbled across this site myself, I would have thought it to be a spoof to mock creationists because I know that most creationists would never question the idea that the earth revolves around the sun. Most creationists would not take Psalm 93:1 and Job 26:7 literally and would say that the descriptions made in these verses were based on the understanding people had of the universe at that time (which is a lame explanation if you ask me seeing that they were supposedly authored by the creator of the universe). In a previous post, I wrote the following statement:

Since we don’t want to offend the fragile faith of the fundies, why not allow them to substitute their own version of reality in all the other sciences? Clearly the astronomers don’t know what they are talking about either because the Bible clearly stated that the earth was flat and that the sun revolves around the earth. We ought to burn all books written which contradict the Bible. This will be no small task: we pretty much have to rid ourselves of everything we have learned about biology, geology, astronomy, anthropology, psychiatry, history, mathematics, medicine, and more.

Little did I know at the time I wrote that statement that there were fundies with influence setting out to do just that. Could there ever be a better argument for school privatization and school choice than this?

Hat tip: Nealz Nuze

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The Battle for Young Minds

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6 Comments

  1. Don’t you know how wide spread those beliefs are in that region? If a law was passed, do you think it would exclude private schools? I lived in Tennessee where for most of the 20th century it was illegal to teach evolution as a theory in any institution.

    Comment by VRB — February 20, 2007 @ 11:14 pm
  2. Every day a little part of me dies a little more b/c of this state. Between UGA being “Berkely Lite” and the rest of the state being “Jerusalem: The Sequel” I’m not sure I can get far enough away fast enough. I just keep hoping those two groups will try to decimate the other and save me the hassle.

    Comment by sr2 — February 21, 2007 @ 10:53 am
  3. and by “Jerusalem” I mean, “place of the second coming of Jesus” not “has a large jewish population.”

    Comment by sr2 — February 21, 2007 @ 10:55 am
  4. Now, there are two great things if we burn all books that contradict the Bible.

    1. We will have proved the “caused by man global warming theory” true!
    2. We will have to burn the Bible.

    Comment by Adam Selene — February 21, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
  5. Adam,

    Other than the Koran, the Bible is the most farcical holy book written by man.

    Comment by Kevin — February 21, 2007 @ 3:24 pm
  6. Great point Adam, I never thought of that.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — February 21, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

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