You can't make this stuff up. From Josh Marshall: A Republican State Legislator, one Ben Bridges of Georgia, had a letter distributed by a campaign aide, over his signature, which not only denounces evolution as "Pharisee" science, but links to a site that disputes the Earth's rotation on its axis as well as its passage around the sun.
“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,” reads the letter that went out under Bridges' name. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”
Barnes' memo pointed fellow state legislators to the information at fixedearth.com which rails against the “a mystic, anti-Christ ‘holy book’ of the Pharisee Sect of Judaism” and claims that “the earth is not rotating … nor is it going around the sun.” They've even caught on to the "centuries-old conspiracy" on the part of Jewish physicists to destroy Christianity.
The letter was then disseminated to other state legislators in other states until the Anti-Defamation League finally got wind of it and people started backing away. But Bridges still believes:
Asked if he agreed with the Kaballah evolution conspiracy theory and the earth's lack of motion, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “I agree with it more than I would the Big Bang Theory or the Darwin Theory. I am convinced that rather than risk teaching a lie why teach anything?”
Why teach anything, indeed. No wonder Ben Bernanke, Fed head, said in testimony to Congress yesterday that good jobs were being created in the US, but too many Americans lacked the education to fill them. Eratosthenes must be rotating in his grave.
And meanwhile the Antarctic ice aseems to be melting in new and unexpected ways as two huge new lakes are discovered under the ice.
What's on your mind today?