Sunday, May 20, 2007

Atheistic Heliocentrism

This is one of those things that is hysterical and frightening at the same time: Heliocentrism is an Atheist Doctine.

That's right. Some nutjob ostensibly supporting Sam Brownback (one of the three Republican stooges that denied evolution at the debate, Huckabee and Tancredo being the others) claims the earth doesn't move. It is possibly the most hilariously idiotic post I've ever seen. For example, the author and I had this exchange:

SA: If you take the Bible’s word for it, bats are birds, rabbits chew their cud (sorry, no, refection is not the same thing), and sheep can be made to have spotted offspring by having them look at spots when they mate (ask Jacob), among countless other absurdities.

to which he responded:

Bats are birds, they fly. They may be mammals in one sense, but in the sense that they have wings, and all winged non-arthropods are birds, they are birds. Your other absurdities don’t sound vry absurd at all, they sound fairly reasonable...

It's full of stuff like that. It's another reminder that some (but certainly not most) religious views in this country are so preposterous they are indistinguishable from parody. I'm still not certain this isn't.

On the other hand, this is scary. How can a person grow up in a country as great as this one and be THAT ignorant? And these people are in the voting booth deciding the leaders of the nation that have to deal with issues far more complicated than heliocentrism. I'm reminded of a great bumper sticker: If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.