A columnist at the New Orleans Times-Picayune named Jarvis DeBerry has bundled two crazy events together to produce an interesting article. It’s titled Flat Earthers want you to believe them. Don’t. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Two stories – one of them out of Florida and the other out of Colorado – should make us fear for the future of our country, specifically for the future of our children who will have to compete with people from all over the world.
Two stories? He says:
The first story is out of Colorado, where a small but growing movement of people are pushing a new old idea that the Earth is flat and not the orb modernity has been taught that it is.
Oh, goodie! We haven’t had a flat Earth story in a long time. But that’s only one of the two stories. What about the other? DeBerry tells us:
The second story is out of Florida where a new law allows anybody – whether that person has a child in school or not – to challenge what’s being taught in a science class. That law establishes an “unbiased hearing officer” who will receive complaints and decide if the instruction needs to be altered in some way.
We’ve been writing about that one — see Florida School Board Harassment Bill Is Now Law. How does DeBerry tie these two events together? Here it comes:
How soon will it be before these two streams of idiocy converge and somebody in Florida objects to a teacher’s assertion that the earth is spherical? And what will that “unbiased hearing officer” do then? Will that officer say, “Well there are some folks in the country who believe it’s flat. And we ought to listen to their view points, too.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, teach the controversy! He continues:
According to a report in the Denver Post, at a recent meeting of Flat Earthers presenter Bob Knodel called the theory of a round Earth “propaganda.” After a 35-year career as an engineer Knodel now runs a YouTube channel called Globebusters. “I’ve researched conspiracies for a long time,” he told the gathering. “I’ve looked very critically at NASA. Why is it that the astronauts have conflicting stories about the sky? Is it bright with stars, or a deep velvet black?“
NASA has been lying to us! Oh, here’s the article in the Denver Post that he’s talking about: These Coloradans say Earth is flat. And gravity’s a hoax. Now, they’re being persecuted. Go ahead and read it — if you’re in the mood. We’ll stay with DeBerry’s column. He says:
Some Flat Earthers who talked to the Denver Post would only allow the newspaper to use their first names. Others used pseudonyms. They’ve been persecuted too much to speak openly about their beliefs, they say. …
I’ve always believe that to be persecuted one first must be taken seriously. Being called fools, as these Flat Earthers so often are, is not the same as a pogrom. It’s doubtful that anybody’s going to hurt a Flat Earther, seeing as how the person who confronts one is likely to be doubled over with laughter and, thus, physically unable to cause any harm.
DeBerry’s last paragraph is a biggie, because he also mentions his own state’s infamous creation legislation — the Louisiana Science Education Act, inspired by the Discoveroids’ so-called Academic Freedom Act — see Anti-evolution legislation. Here it comes:
It’s harder to laugh at what’s going on in Florida, though. The law that’s been passed there is even more worrisome than the Orwellian-sounding Louisiana Science Education Act passed in this state during the Bobby Jindal administration. That law allows schools to supplement science text books with other materials that challenge lessons that some fundamentalists find it difficult to accept, such as the theory of evolution or global warming. It’s a bad law, but at least the challenges would come from within an educational institution. Florida is letting anybody – and I do mean anybody – come to a school and ask, “Why aren’t y’all teaching that the moon is made of cheese?!”
So there you are. DeBerry’s column touches on almost everything — except UFO abductions. The madness is everywhere — probably caused by fluoride in our drinking water.
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