Your Curmudgeon has never understood why creationists aren’t also flat-Earthers. The bible is absolutely unambiguous on the subject, as we pointed out in The Earth Is Flat!, where we quoted numerous scripture passages that clearly say so. Nevertheless, most creationists ignore their favorite source of science information and accept the blasphemous notion that the world is a sphere.
But there numerous believers in the flat Earth — more than you might imagine. That’s what we learned from this article in the Los Angeles Times: The Earth is round, and other myths, debunked by the flat Earth movement (you read that right). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Moving with missionary zeal, Nathan Thompson swept into a brewpub here bearing a battered globe under his arm with the words “this is a scam” scrawled on the side. He dropped the defaced orb like a vanquished enemy on a table amid pints of beer. “They say we are cult,” he announced, “but the globe is the biggest cult of all.”
Are you a globe cultist, dear reader? Then pay attention. The Los Angeles Times says:
Thompson, the 31-year-old host of the Official Flat Earth Globe & Discussion group on Facebook, was guest of honor at the night’s flat Earth meet-up. Clad in a green jumpsuit festooned with flat Earth maps, he worked the room hard all the while proclaiming Earth is less a big blue marble than a big blue pancake.
If only we had been there! Let’s read on:
With more people rejecting traditional sources of information and the internet giving rise to a variety of alternative worldviews, the granddaddy of all conspiracy theories is enjoying a renaissance and Colorado is the epicenter. [That’s explained later.] Thousands of YouTube videos claim the world is flat, gravity is uncertain, space is fake and the curvature of the planet is an optical illusion. Followers say this ruse is perpetuated by a powerful cabal determined to make humans feel small and powerless.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] A powerful cabal! The news story continues:
A conspiratorial mind-set and a deep current of religious ideology permeate the movement, which preaches that Earth was created by design, not by accident. As evidence of its shape, some reference Bible verses touting “the four corners of the Earth,” “foundations of the Earth” and Earth being God’s “footstool.”
Just as we’ve always told you — it’s in the bible! Okay, here’s the Colorado connection:
Many of the most popular flat Earth videos come out of Colorado, host of next year’s Flat Earth International Conference along with the Colorado International Flat Earth Film Festival. Mark Sargent, a software analyst from Boulder now living in Seattle, is the primary organizer of the movement and has made more than a thousand videos. He believes Colorado’s open-mindedness accounts for its prominent position among believers.
Back in 2015, when he typed “flat Earth” into YouTube he’d get 50,000 hits. Now it’s more than 18.7 million, beating out Lady Gaga and closing in on Donald Trump at about 21.3 million. Sargent said he suspects millions of believers remain “in the closet” to avoid ridicule.
What a coincidence — the Discoveroids are always telling us that they have a lot of followers too, and most of them are also in the closet. So why don’t those two movements link up?
The newspaper quotes Sargent, the YouTube guru:
“You’re not on a tiny little speck of rock just flying through this endless, incomprehensible universe and you are not small,” said Sargent, who believes Earth is beneath a dome. “It was built just for you. All the world is a stage and you’re in it. You are on a ride. Part stage, part terrarium, part planetarium. Whatever it is, it is very deliberate.”
The news story goes on and on. It’s very entertaining — and educational! We know you’re going to click over there to read it all, so we can stop here.
But we can’t quit without mentioning ol’ Hambo. He’s always telling us that we should start our thinking with scripture, because that’s The Truth™ — yet he’s one of those globalists. How can we respect the guy when he doesn’t even follow his own rules?
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