The creationists aren’t very amusing today, so we’ll entertain ourselves with some Flat Earth news. But first — to bring you up to date, here’s our foundational post on the topic: The Earth Is Flat!
And now for the news. It begins with this thrilling headline: Man handcuffed, dragged away by police after yelling ‘Earth is flat’ during Governor-General’s Anzac speech. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Dame Cindy Kiro [Governor-General of New Zealand] took to the podium at the Pukeahu War Memorial during the capital’s Anzac ceromony, but before Dame Kiro could get in front of the microphones the man saw his opportunity. “The earth is flat!” he was heard yelling.
Not your typical political outcry, but it’s certainly not the worst we’ve heard. You’re probably wondering what happened next. The newspaper says:
The heckling didn’t stop Dame Cindy from speaking, but as she addressed Wellingtonians, footage captured by a Newshub camera operator shows the man surrounded by three police officers in the middle of the crowd.
Being a flat-earther is illegal in New Zealand? Apparently so. The newspaper then tells us:
Attendees can be seen watching on as police put the man’s hands behind his back and handcuff them. [Gasp!] Footage shows two police officers on either side of the man escorting him out of the crowd.
How cruel! Here’s the rest of the story:
A police spokesperson said in a statement that the man was taken into custody earlier today for a breach of peace. The man has since been released.
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