February 16, 2007
Did the Earth move for you?
Evolution: a “centuries old” Jewish conspiracy:
AUSTIN – House Appropriations Chairman Warren Chisum said Wednesday that he’s “willing to apologize” for giving colleagues a document that contains what the Anti-Defamation League called “outrageous anti-Semitic material.”
“The stuff that causes conflicts between religious beliefs, you know, I’d never be a party to that,” Mr. Chisum said. “I’m willing to apologize if I’ve offended anyone.”
Mr. Chisum’s comments came after he learned that the Anti-Defamation League, which works against anti-Semitism and other forms of hate, was demanding “a repudiation and apology” in a letter to his office. He said he hadn’t seen the letter late Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Pampa Republican distributed a memo written by Georgia GOP Rep. Ben Bridges to Texas House members’ mailboxes. The memo advocated that schools stop teaching evolution and contained links to a Web site that warns of international Jewish conspiracies. It also directed readers to the group that created the Web site – the Atlanta-area Fair Education Foundation.
Ah yes, that would be Marshall Hall, a crazed creationist who for three decades has been trying to persuade the faithful that the universe revolves around a stationary Earth. Among many other, uh, interesting ideas.
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 carefully.
He said he believes creation and evolution should both be taught in schools, and he separated himself from what he called “goofy stuff” on the Web site.
“I did not go to the Web site, which I understood maybe I should’ve done,” he said.
League officials said they also sent a letter to Mr. Bridges’ office and are investigating whether the document has been distributed in any other statehouses across the country.
“I’ve been director here for almost 31 years,” said Mark Briskman, director of the league’s North Texas chapter. “I’ve not remembered anything of a similar nature.”
The memo points to “indisputable evidence” that “evolution science has a very specific religious agenda” and refers readers to a Web site that asserts the universe revolves around the earth. It also suggests that Jewish physicists are part of the force behind a “centuries-old conspiracy” to destroy the Christian teachings of Earth’s origins.
… Mr. Chisum said all he thought he was doing was “a Good Samaritan” deed for a fellow legislator.
“If that’s a sin, well, shoot me.”
Somebody please fetch my 9mm.
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