When your mother is ultraconservative hatemonger Phyllis Schlafly, I guess it’s not surprising that you would be raised to be inconceivably stupid, and that appears to be the case with Conservapedia founder Andrew Schlafly who has put a page on his site detailing his disputes with Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Of course, it’s not entirely clear that Schlafly even knows what the term “relativity” means. Based on his opening paragraph on the subject he seems to have somehow crossed it up with “relativism” to which it actually has no relationship whatever:
“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.”
Who would have thought that physics was a liberal conspiracy? Well, maybe the same guy who has a plan to rewrite the Bible to remove the “liberal bias” — perhaps his mother complained that it didn’t have nearly enough stuff about killing homosexuals and he wants to add some more. And if he’s going to remove the liberal bias that’s almost certainly going to require him to remove the most inconveniently liberal person in the Bible, Jesus.
Schlafly actually graduated from good schools and has a law degree, hard though it is to believe. He’s a classic example of what happens when an obsession – in this case about both religion and conservative “values” – runs so out of control that it totally distorts your view of reality. It’s easy to blame his parents for making him the twisted freak he is today, but he’s a grown up and has had enough real world experience that there’s really no excuse for his behavior.
Perhaps most troubling is that his Conservapedia site is a one-stop shopping center for copious scientific and historic misinformation which has to be seen to be believed. I can just see homeschoolers sending their kids there as if it’s a valid educational resource, with the likely result that they’ll grow up just as delusional and bigoted as Schlafly, making the entire nation less intelligent by their existence.