Friday, August 13, 2010

Conservapedia: Theory of Relativity is a liberal plot to turn people away from the Bible

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Andy Schlafly
Andy Schlafly

Damn, another one of the Global Godless Liberal Covenant’s secret plots has been discovered and revealed by Rightists! (Seriously, who keeps leaving our secret manifestos out for conservatives and the religious Right to stumble upon?) This time, it’s Andy Schlafly from Conservapedia who has discovered that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is a liberal scheme to destroy our God-given morality and lead good believers away from the Bible and pursue hedonistic lives filled with heathen debauchery. Here’s what’s said at the top of Conservapedia’s page on (totally scientific and true) “Counterexamples to Relativity”:

The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.[1] Here is a list of 28 counterexamples: any one of them shows that the theory is incorrect.

And how, exactly, are those pesky libruls lead these poor people astray? Refer to the page’s first footnote, by Schlafly:

See, e.g., historian Paul Johnson's book about the 20th century, and the article written by liberal law professor Laurence Tribe as allegedly assisted by Barack Obama. Virtually no one who is taught and believes relativity continues to read the Bible, a book that outsells New York Times bestsellers by a hundred-fold.

Not only does Schlafly and the moronic editors at Conservapedia conflate Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with moral relativity (because physics and moral philosophy are totally the same thing, really …), they also apparently haven’t figured such logical fallacies as A) the fact that scientifically educated individuals don’t usually read the Bible doesn’t mean that liberals push the Theory of Relativity to further secularize society; and B) boasting about the Bible’s sales is as relevant and convincing as any other ad populum argument. (Ie.: Zero.)

“The Trustworthy Encyclopedia”, indeed.

(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)