Still, this goes beyond mere religious-inspired idiocy. And I quote!
always place their beliefs about what 'is' over the weight of the available evidence.
I know I'm playing into the hands of those believing in the power of 'reason', who will instantly jump on this and decry the benighted-ones who are represented by the article cited. They'll roll up their eyes and will say "are you really surprised?" and "some people are just stupid" and "that's what you get from all that Christian influence in America" and so on.
But supporting such claims is not the intention of this blog. Those subscribing to 'reason'—or to the perfectly unjustifiable notion that reason is the only thing that can lead to the determination of truth—ignore a giant body of evidence that points to the inability of reason to do so. And they do this by being just as unreasonable as the people who wrote this article, whose beginning I am quoting below. How often have to read 'rationalist' arguments that, with a little editing, could end up as near-verbatim clones of the thought processes of any ideologue:
Throughout ancient times it was obvious that the moon went around the earth. This is still accepted today. But in the past it was just as obvious that the sun went around the earth as well. This was not because men in those days lacked fantasy and forgot to imagine non-existent movements of themselves and their surroundings. It is because they did their homework and examined all the evidence before them, that they came to the understanding that the earth was a firm, motionless sphere, neither in rotation around itself nor wandering through space around another body.
This geostatic and geocentric nature of the earth was repeatedly tested and verified as being factual for a quite some time (going back thousands of years) by knowledgeable, civilized, free people of all stripes, i.e. those who were supposed to know, like astronomers, natural philosophers (a.k.a. scientists), explorers, teachers, traders, seamen, navigators and various other free and educated men (as opposed to schooled, wage enslaved, homogenized, "experts" of modern times who wouldn't dare bite the hand that feeds them).
Then, all of a sudden, just 400 plus years ago, a band of court astrologers started pushing this idea that the earth was orbiting the sun this time, and that the sun was standing still at the center (hence the claim of the system being a 'solar' system). Nevertheless this new claim was not accompanied by any new proof. It was simply invoked and declarations were made that the fixed nature of earth needed to be disapproved.
And it gets better with every line...