Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Schlafly vs. Einstein: Is there no end to conspiracy?

ALBERT EINSTEIN, who suffered many indignities from the anti-semitic crowd of his day, is taking a hit from a voice on the right: Andy Schlafly, the son of right-wing icon Phyllis Schlafly. Andy, who runs a website called Conservapedia and spends a lot of time complaining that the Bible is being distorted by liberals and should be revised conservative-style, contends that Einstein's theory of relativity is actually a liberal Trojan horse bearing nasty consequences for those who believe it. Or as he says with great profundity: The theory "is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world."

I don't know about you, but I make no claim about the deeper truths of Einstein's theory so I doubt that it would have any bearing at all on how I view the world. Still Schlafly sees a conspiracy in it somewhere. I would be quite surprised, however, that anybody would risk bringing it up in casual conversation at the next conservative ox-roast.

1 comment:

Mencken said...

This is a stunning new low in conservative stupidity.

However, I don't expect his record to stand for long.