Last night, Rachel Maddow picked up on TPMmuckraker’s reporting that Conservapedia founder Andy Schlafly considers Einstein’s Theory of Relativity — which encompasses the famous equation E=mc2 — part of a liberal conspiracy. As she noted, Schlafly is in good company.
Almost half of the Republican Presidential candidates in 2008 told audiences that they reject the theory of evolution; Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), the chair of the House Republican Conference, believes that God created the universe and won’t venture to guess whether that’s compatible with evolution; Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) reject global warming; and Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle refuses to believe that the Constitution provides for the separation of church and state. Maddow notes that rejecting tenets of science and even history in defense of faith is becoming more and more popular among GOP candidates — and Schlafly’s rejection of physics is just one piece in a much larger puzzle.
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