Posted by: Kevin | February 16, 2007

Evolution and The Big Bang are Jewish Conspiracies?

At least they are according to staffers working for Georgia State Representative Ben Bridges.  In a memo distributed in Rep. Bridges name, they advance this claim:

“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,” the memo says. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”

This delightful bit of insanity originates with the website fixedearth.com (I’m not linking, go there yourself if you want to), a website dedicated to promoting such wisdom as “The Earth is not rotating … nor is it going around the sun.” 

The memo was then forwarded to state legislators in Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Naturally, Rep Bridges now claims to have not approved this memo, although he refuses to back away from the claims made in the memo.

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?”

I’m going to go slow here so that everyone can keep up.

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This is Copernicus.  In addition to being one of the greatest scientist to walk the Earth, he was also a minor functionary in the Catholic Church (i.e. not a Jew).  His writings on the Heliocentric Universe were not based on 2000 year old Jewish texts.  They were based on observation and mathmatics.  His work was widely accepted among the educated class for one very good reason.  They made a lot more sense than the alternate theories. 

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This is Charles Darwin.  He was the Unitarian (also not a Jew) who wrote the Origin of Species.  His theories were based on observations and data collection.  We continue to discuss them because no one has come up with a better SCIENTIFIC explaination for the diversity of species.

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The is Monsignor Georges-Henri Lemaitre, note the collar.  He was the Catholic priest who first proposed the idea of “The Big Bang”.  He came to those conclusions by deriving several equations based on Einstein’s equations for general relativity.  While Einstein himself was in fact Jewish, E=MC(squared) does not appear in any 2000 year old Jewish texts.  It would also be interesting to note that while Einstein approved of Lemaitre’s math, he disagreed with his conclusions (i.e. Einstein was wrong).

There they are, the three people most responsible for the “Jewish Conspiracy” theories being denounced in this memo.  Pay careful attention to the following relavant facts:  They aren’t Jewish.  They didn’t rely on ancient Jewish texts.  They did make use of the scientific method.  Georgia elects some serious morons to their state congress. 

Any questions?

The actual memo
The Story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Story in Talkingpointsmemo.com
Hat tip to the Bad Astronomy Blog

Update:  Edited for a really boneheaded word usage mistake (except instead of accept)

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Responses

  1. Copernicus is also known as Father Copernicus for his connection to the Church. He was actually asked by Pope Leo X to fix the catholic calendar in Rome.

  2. thx Elliot, when I wrote this I couldn’t remember exactly what his connection to the Catholic Church was.


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