2.17.2007

evolution is a jewish conspiracy. who knew?

Anti-science meets anti-Semitism meets the United States Congress. There's a Congressperson who says evolution is a Jewish conspiracy. He has proof.

I wish I were joking.

Thanks to you-know-who.

(Also, isn't that a great cartoon? "Abraham Lincoln also said...")

9 comments:

Larry Gambone said...

This has to be some of the most bizarre stuff I have read and I happen to be someone who searches out weirdo screeds as a form of entertainment. Folks like this should get along just fine with the Taliban!

redsock said...

This kind of thing makes the rounds of progressive bloggers and discussion boards, but I don't think it makes much of a dent at all in the mainstream media.

Just another case of Americans having no idea what is going on and who is running their country.

Of course, if someone with the last name of Clinton said it, well, it would be on CNN 24/7.

Because CNN is so liberal. Or something.

James said...

The "evolution is a Jewish conspiracy" stuff isn't that new; "relativity is a Jewish conspiracy" has been around for ages, as well. It has the added advantage that Einstein was Jewish.

And, of course, the Polish foreign minister attributed the "lies" of evolution to Darwin being a vegetarian (which he wasn't).

My favourite part is that he's a geocentrist. I'd love to see this connection pointed out more -- maybe it'll give people an idea of just how wonky the anti-science types in the US really are.

L-girl said...

The "evolution is a Jewish conspiracy" stuff isn't that new

I guess I'm not as up on my anti-Semitism as I should be! :)

"relativity is a Jewish conspiracy" has been around for ages

And you're saying it's not?

As I always say, if Jews run the world, where's my cut?

But seriously, this man is a Congressperson. That's what makes this noteworthy.

redsock said...

holy shit. he's got company!

The second most powerful member of the Texas House has circulated a Georgia lawmaker's call for a broad assault on teaching of evolution.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, used House operations Tuesday to deliver a memo from Georgia state Rep. Ben Bridges.

The memo assails what it calls "the evolution monopoly in the schools."

Mr. Bridges' memo claims that teaching evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs.

Ferdzy said...

Canadian Cynic had something up about this a few days back... the best part was Bridge's excuse that "Ooops! He hadn't actually read the website." Hey, could happen to anyone.

It's certainly one of those simultaneously hysterically funny and completely terrifying moments so frequently brought to us these days by some of our neighbours to the south.

M@ said...

Mr. Bridges' memo claims that teaching evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs.

Whereas teaching creationism actually amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs.

Amazing that saying the opposite of what is demonstrably true actually gets you somewhere. Absolutely amazing.

L-girl said...

It's certainly one of those simultaneously hysterically funny and completely terrifying moments so frequently brought to us these days by some of our neighbours to the south.

Yes, exactly! That's perfect, Ferdzy. It absolutely captures so much of these moments.

L-girl said...

Amazing that saying the opposite of what is demonstrably true actually gets you somewhere.

You wouldn't believe (or maybe you would!) how often Allan and I say this. We notice that so much of what emanates from the Resident and his pals is exactly the opposite of what's actually happening. Whether it's Iraq, terrorism, civil liberties, environmental - anything. They say exactly the opposite of what's going on - and it flies (for the most part).

I guess that's why I'm always thinking of George Orwell.