Ted Cruz Thinks Galileo Proved The Earth Wasn’t Flat, Was A Lot Like Ted Cruz

You know how sometimes someone says something so incredibly incorrect that it’s like an entire vortex of wrong? Or like, an M.C. Escher painting of wrong and it’s just so incredibly wrong that you don’t know where to begin? Hmm? Ok, well, that is where I am at right now with some statements Ted Cruz made in an in interview with The Texas Tribune.

Transcription courtesy of Huffington Post:

On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don’t engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream, ‘You’re a denier.’ They brand you a heretic. Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.

I…um…

That wasn’t Galileo.

Like, everything else aside, that wasn’t Galileo. That is not remotely what Galileo did. Galileo was the scientist telling the church that the sun didn’t revolve around the earth. Not that it wasn’t flat! He was born in 1564, well after anyone still believed in a flat earth. Which, by the way, was a thing people figured out well before Columbus also! Many, many years before Columbus. Like “Pythagoras in the 6th century BC” years before Columbus. Also, the idea of the sun not revolving around the earth was not heretical to other scientists, but to the Church because obviously God made the earth the special center of the universe.

And in this instance, again, we have scientists going up against religious people who don’t want to believe in an actual thing that is true, because they want to believe that God made the earth so special that human beings couldn’t possibly destroy it. Oh, and people who stand to lose money if measures are taken to prevent climate change.

Ted Cruz is not the Galileo in this or any other imaginary Galileo-related situations, like the time Galileo invented Toaster Strudels or sang backup on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

If you want the truth, I don’t actually care if Ted Cruz believes in climate change or not. My problem is not with his personal, closely held beliefs, regardless of how very incorrect they are. My problem is that people like Ted Cruz use their disbelief in climate change in order to get corporations out of having to do shit in a way that’s better for the environment. Like, end of the day, that’s what’s going on here.

Think about it–what’s the worst thing that could happen if we took care of the environment and it turned out that climate change wasn’t real? It would be like cleaning your place in anticipation of company. If they ended up not being able to come over, would you be like “I vacuumed for nothing! Now I’m stuck with a clean apartment!”? No, probably not. You’ve gotta figure it’s better to err on the side of not destroying the environment, right? Because in the long run, the consequences of us being wrong are a lot less scary than the consequences of Ted Cruz and friends being wrong.

[Washington Post]