It was 1633 when Galileo was found “suspect of heresy” for asserting that the sun is at the center of the universe and that the earth moves around it. Galileo was convicted, briefly jailed, released and spent  the remainder of his life under house arrest. Three hundred and fifty-nine years later, Pope Paul the II would declare Galileo right, asserting that faith cannot contradict reason.

Recently, a conservative Catholic group has begged to disagree, asserting once again that Galileo Was Wrong. “Heliocentrism,” says the group’s leader, is “dangerous” because

it is being propped up as the true system when, in fact, it is a false system . . . False information leads to false ideas, and false ideas lead to illicit and immoral actions—thus the state of the world today.”

Religious actors who blame science for our current moral woes are nothing new, of course. Evolution-doubters in America are so prevalent that our most recent creationism carnival was not 1925′s Scope’s Trial (see Inherit the Wind) but 2005′s Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District lawsuit. Kitzmiller asked an American Court to prohibit the teaching of intelligent design in public schools because it is a form of creationism that violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. After listening to weeks of testimony, the Court agreed, prohibiting the teaching of any theory of life’s origin on earth not based on science.

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