Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Theory of Relativity: Liberal Plot

Talking Points Memo points out the latest stupidity from Andy Schlafly and Conservapedia. This time, they’re rejecting the theory of relativity as a liberal plot to destroy god and morality. Seriously. One one page devoted to “counterexamples to relativity” it says:

The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.


The footnote for that claim says:

See, e.g., historian Paul Johnson’s book about the 20th century, and the article written by liberal law professor Laurence Tribe as allegedly assisted by Barack Obama. Virtually no one who is taught and believes relativity continues to read the Bible, a book that outsells New York Times bestsellers by a hundred-fold.

Yes, the proper response to this would be to tilt your head to the left, put an inquisitive look on your face and mutter “huh?”

The article cites the miracles of Jesus as proof that relativity isn’t true. But I find it interesting that Conservapedia does not make the obvious argument against the germ theory of disease as well, though they do hint at it:

Prior to germ theory, it was widely believed that disease was spread by noxious odors. As disease-spreading conditions – rotting meat, open sewage, and such things – was often highly odorous, the smell and disease were associated. Disease was also often attributed to demonic possession – although demonic possession must be possible as it it mentioned in Scripture, it is a rare occurrence, and almost all disease attributed to it was a result of other causes.