We may have another scientific discovery on the horizon. At least one Saudi cleric thinks we do. Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari believes the Earth is not moving around the sun. He says the Earth is stationary, and the sun moves around the Earth. Okay, so stranger things have happened, like the earth being flat, and we can dig our way to China. We live in a time where everyone can have at least five minutes of fame, and it looks like it’s Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari turn.
Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG heard that the confused, although focused, cleric did try to explain his theory. He quoted other clerics and threw in a few religious statements for good measure. He tried to support his argument with an explanation, but the explanation was not as logical as he thought it was.
The statement that got everyone’s attention was the one that claimed that China would move toward a plane if the Earth rotated in one direction and the plane could stop in the air. If the Earth rotates in another direction, he said, the plane would never reach China. He also said China is rotating, and men never walked on the moon.
The Saudi preacher made these statements on Galileo’s birthday. Maybe he was trying to debunk the 16th-century astronomer using another form of astronomy.