SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi cleric has appeared in a recent video rejecting the long-held theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun and claiming the opposite holds true, prompting a wave of social media remarks.
Answering a student question on whether the Earth is stationary or moving, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari replied: “stationary and does not move.”
He then attempted to support his argument by quoting some clerics and selected religious statements. But his most controversial method to debunk the rotation theory was a “logical” deduction in which he used a visual.
“First of all, where are we now? we go to Sharjah airport to travel to China by plane, clear?! focus with me, this is Earth;” he said, holding a sealed water cup.
He argued that if a plane stops still in air “China would be coming towards it” in case the Earth rotates on one direction. It the Earth rotates on opposite direction, the plane would never reach China, because “China is also rotating.”
The Video triggered a wave of controversial remarks on social media, especially on Twitter, where a special hashtag is being widely circulated.
The hashtag translates as: “#cleric_rejects_rotation_of_Earth
#cleric_rejects_rotation_of_Earth Go home you are drunk
— Pyare Arsal (@arsalanonline) February 17, 2015
And yet it moves! Galileo, father of modern science, was born on 02-15-1564. Absolute genius pic.twitter.com/AAHpzWsroi
— Fabio Demi (@fdemi59) February 15, 2015
In an interesting remark, one user tweeted: “What a coincidence that this would occur on Galileo’s birthday!”
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born on Feb. 15, 1564. He was accused twice of heresy by the church for his beliefs, including his support for the Copernican theory that the earth and planets revolved around the sun.
Meanwhile, some twitter users ridiculed the preacher others said the now popular hashtag should be used to promote and share knowledge of the universe.