Following the widely publicized letter sent out under the name of State Representative Ben Bridges (a Georgia legislator) earlier this week (see here) that claimed that evolution is a plot of a secretive Jewish sect, the Jewish anti-Defamation League has sent a letter calling for an apology:
“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.
The league sent a similar letter to a Texas lawmaker who circulated the memo to members of the Texas Legislature’s budget-writing committee.
State Rep. Warren Chisum told The Dallas Morning News in Thursday editions he was trying to do a “Good Samaritan” deed for Bridges. “If that’s a sin, well, shoot me,” he told the newspaper.
The letter sent out under Bridges’ name stated:
“Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big Bang, 15-billion-year, alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion,” says the memo, which has Bridges’ name on it. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”
The author of the memo, who is the husband of Bridges’ campaign manager says he gave the memo to Bridges months ago. He denied that the memo or the website to which it links (which states that the earth does not revolve around the sun) was anti-Semitic:
“I think they tar people with that brush a little too readily,” he said.