Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Monday, November 15, 2004

Dr. Copernicus, Please Pick Up the White Courtesy Phone

Yes, yes, we all know about the Christian Right and their "Intelligent Design" schtick. But what do you know about Geocentricity? That's right, boys and girls...the Earth is a stationary object around which all other heavenly bodies rotate. How do we know? Because the Bible tells us so.

Is this just some fringe theory, or does it have legs in "Biblical Science" circles? Is this the next junk science issue to appear on ballot initiative everywhere? How can you tell if you're looking at the next big fundamentalist jamboree?

In library science we look for something we call "authority" when we look at information sources. "Who wrote this?" we ask ourselves. "Who endorses them?" Unfortunately, evaluating authority in this case is a down-the-rabbit-hole proposition. The question to ask: Which nutjobs take this other nutjob seriously? How much money do they have?

This particular nutjob has a stirring defense of his theory posted on his website. It was written by Martin Slebrede, the Vice-President of Chalcedon, Inc, hotbed of Dominionism and favorite charity of good old Howard Ahmanson.

Sooo...big names? Check. Theocratic billionaires who like to throw money at projects like this? Check.

Oh, crap.