Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Misquoting Einstein, TN State Rep. Shows Own Ignorance

OK, people often misquote folks.  It's natural, but if you are standing up in the state house giving a speech into the official record, you damned well better check your facts.  Apparently not in Tennessee.

Remember Tennessee is the state that is trying to get Creation Science (sic) taught in public school.  In support of that bill, State Rep. Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains) makes a common sense argument and quotes Albert Einstein on the subject of religion.  The only problem is Einstein never said it, Francis Bacon did and not in the words he uses.

Einstein was an agnostic Jewish Humanist. One of his quoptes is quite appropriate to this silliness.
“To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness.”
Einstein would roll in his grave, watch it.

In the interest of full disclosure, my mothers family was from Tennessee, the hills near Pulaski, and once when I visited the family there as a child I remember scenes right out of every hillbilly movie you can imagine. Even being simple folk, my grandmother got an education and taught tutored students in calculus to supplement my grandfather's blacksmith business. They were poor, but far from as stupid as the yokels who are running the state now!

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