USA: Texas Republicans say it’s Jewish conspiracy that Earth revolves around sun

This video from the USA is called Chris Mooney – “The Republican War on Science“.

From Glenn Smith in the USA:

It’s not surprising that the Earth doesn’t move for Warren Chisum, and maybe it’s not surprising that he blames a Jewish conspiracy for it.

Still, it’s enough to set the world a-spinning that the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the most powerful committee in the [Texas] House [of Representatives], distributed to legislators a memo pitching crazed wingers who believe the earth stands still — doesn’t spin on its axis or revolve around the Sun — that Copernicus was part of a Jewish conspiracy to undermine the Old Testament.

That would be the same Old Testament that was written by the folks Chisum’s friends say are conspiring to undermine it.

Chisum has no problem believing that GOP interests revolve around the pocketbooks of its wealthy contributors.

And that’s why he wants to take dollars stolen from middle class Texans in higher tuition, double-taxed highways, underpaid teachers, sick kids and teachers and cut property taxes for those who own a lot of property — businesses and the very, very wealthy.

See also here.

Texas, of course, is George W. Bush’s state …

4 thoughts on “USA: Texas Republicans say it’s Jewish conspiracy that Earth revolves around sun

  1. *The Earth is flat, and other wisdom from Rep. Bridges*
    Posted by: “hapi22” robinsegg
    Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:22 am (PST)

    It’s times like these that one has to get down on one’s knees and give
    thanks that one does not live in Georgia (or even Texas, in this case).

    They also blew the whistle on all this hokum about the earth
    revolving around the Sun…. “the earth is not rotating … nor is
    it going around the sun.”

    Well, I’m glad we got THAT cleared up .

    And, if you live in and love Georgia or Texas, please don’t write to
    tell me how beautiful your state is … I already know that. I just feel
    sorry for anyone who has such a dunce for his or her House member (or
    public school teacher).

    **The Earth is flat, and other wisdom from Rep. Bridges**
    by Josh Marshall
    Talking Points Memo
    February 15, 2007/

    It’s times like these you’ve just got to miss that dear lady Molly Ivins.

    Meet our new friend, Georgia State House Rep. Ben Bridges

    (R), chairman of the retirement committee in the state house.

    Bridges is now in a bit of trouble for spilling the beans about
    evolution being the product of a Pharisee Jew conspiracy to bamboozle
    normal Americans and destroy Christianity.

    ‘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.”

    It seems that the actual author or analyst, I guess you might say, was a
    fellow named Marshall Hall, the husband of Bridges campaign manager,
    Bonnie Hall. Then they sent it out over Bridges’ signature to state
    legislators in Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and
    Ohio. And they didn’t stop by letting the cat out of the bag on
    evolution. They also blew the whistle on all this hokum about the earth
    revolving around the Sun.

    Barnes’ memo pointed fellow state legislators to the information at 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.

    Now, it was down in Texas that things started to spin out of control.
    Warren Chisum (R), House Appropriations Committee Chairman in the Texas
    state House, took the memo from his friend Bridges and used the House
    operations system to distribute the memo

    throughout the legislature. (Here’s Chisum’s cover letter
    and the
    Bridges’ memo .)

    The ADL caught wind of the Bridges memo and now Chisum says

    he’s “willing to apologize if I’ve offended anyone” if anyone got their
    big nose bent out of shape.

    Reports the /Dallas Morning News/: “Mr. Chisum said he hadn’t looked at
    the Web site and didn’t realize that he was distributing that type of
    material. He expressed chagrin that he didn’t vet the material more

    Indeed, even Bridges is now saying that he didn’t have anything to do
    with the memo.

    Hall doesn’t agree. He said he wrote it and got Bridges’ approval to
    send it out. “I gave him a copy of it months ago,” Hall, who is a
    retired high school teacher told the /Atlanta Journal Constitution/.

    [NOTE FROM ME: I don’t know about you, but it scares the heck out of
    me that this guy was a public school teacher and was probably
    teaching this crap to his students.]

    “I had already written this up as an idea to present to him so he could
    see what it was and what we were thinking.” And of course the two have
    teamed up to ban the teaching of evolution in Georgia back in 2005. So,
    Bridges’ denials are ringing a tad hollow.

    And the views expressed in his memo are just too compelling for Bridges
    to deny outright.

    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

    – – – – – – – – – – – –
    (/ed.note/: Additional research provided by Eric Kleefeld.)

    Read this at:


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