The Anti-Defamation League has demanded an apology from State Rep. Ben Bridges (R-Cleveland) for that memo he circulated which blamed evolution on an ancient Jewish sect.
From the Jacksonville (FL) Times Union:
The Anti-Defamation League sent a letter to state Rep. Ben Bridges Thursday chastising him for penning the “highly offensive” memo, which attributes the Big Bang theory to writings in the Kabbalah, a Jewish text.
Bridges has denied writing the dispatch, although one of his closest political allies, Marshall Hall, said the legislator gave him the approval to draft the memo.
The memo asks readers to challenge the “evolution monopoly in the schools” by logging onto Hall’s anti-evolution Web site, http://www.fixedearth.com.
“Your memo conjures up repugnant images of Judaism used for thousands of years to smear the Jewish people as cult-like and manipulative,” wrote Bill Nigut, the league’s Southeast regional director.
But Bridges remains unrepentant:
Hall, a 76-year-old former high school teacher whose wife ran Bridges’ election campaign, said that neither the site or the memo is anti-Semitic. “I think they tar people with that brush a little too readily,” he said.
Is State Rep. Ben Bridges the Republican version of Billy McKinney?
And even if www.fixedearth.com is not anti-Semitic, should a state legislator really be getting his information from a group that claims that the earth is not moving?