[extropy-chat] Texas Republican memo

The Avantguardian avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 17 22:52:08 UTC 2007

--- pjmanney <pj at pj-manney.com> wrote:

> For my laugh of the day, I present to you a
> supposedly real memo, distributed by Warren Chisum,
> chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the
> most powerful committee in the Texas House of
> Representatives.
> In it, he agrees with the attached memo by Rep. Ben
> Bridges of the Georgia House of Representatives,
> that Copernicus and Darwin were part of some Vast
> Jewish Conspiracy...
> And therefore, no science education should be funded
> -- it's against the US Constitution as a conflict
> between church (temple?) and state!  In fact, all
> education is a Vast Jewish Conspiracy.  Raised by
> Jews, I already knew that.  Just good to know others
> know it, too.  ;-)
> http://www.capitolannex.com/IMAGES2/CHISUMMEMO.pdf
> Commentary from Alternet:
> http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/48125/

You laugh but they are being rather shrewd in my
opinion, using this to challenge "The Establishment
Clause" which prohibits religion being taught in

Evolutionarily speaking, science is the descendant of
Jewish Kabbalism and Arabic alchemy. It's because
these cultures have an unbroken thread of knowledge
dating back to the ancient Greeks, Persians, and
Egyptians. Most of this ancient knowledge was lost to
the Europeans after the fall of Rome, because of the
Catholic church's penchant for book burning,
inquisitioning, and infidel smiting. But those other
cultures kept it going.

The Rennaissance and the birth of science proper was
mostly about Europe slowly reaquiring this knowledge
back from these other cultures.

The Fundies are using actual history to link science
with religion in an effort to get the supreme court to
either allow religion in school or to eliminate
science from the curriculum. Since mysticism is the
common ancestor of both religion and science, they
might be able to make a very compelling case, if they
ironically resort to Darwinian evolution to make their
> Just remember, there is no Vast Jewish Conspiracy to
> take that education money and put it the
> politicians' (and their cronies') pockets.  That's a
> Vast Fundamentalist Conspiracy.

No argument there, although in reality I doubt it has
less to do with their religious convictions than with
their greed and desire to breed an ignorant and easily
manageable populace. 

> Some days, reality is so strange, that I wonder when
> I'm going to be offered the red pill or the blue
> pill...

I believe you already have. You are just not the
pill-taking type. ;)

Stuart LaForge
alt email: stuart"AT"ucla.edu

"Now what I contend is that my body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it. If I do harm through my experimenting with it, it is I who suffers, not the state." -Mark Twain

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