In a recent video, Saudi cleric was seen defying the reality that earth revolves around the Sun and claiming that the opposite holds true. His remarks prompted a wave of social media remarks.
Answering a question posed by a student on whether the plant earth is moving or stationary, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari said: “stationary and does not move.”
He also made an attempt to support his argument by quoting selected religious statement and also some other clerics. Ironically, the most controversial method to debunk the theory of rotation was based on a ‘logical’ deduction in which he even used a visual.
While holding a sealed water cup, Bandar al-Khaibari said: “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 debated that if an airplane stops still in air “China would be coming towards it” if the Earth rotates on one direction. In case the Earth rotates on opposite direction, the air plane would never reach China, because “China is also rotating.”
In other statements Sheikh al-Khaibari rejected NASA’s lunar excursion video as Hollywood fabrication by saying that man never went to the moon.
One Twitter user made an interesting remark: “What a coincidence that this would occur on Galileo’s birthday!”
Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer was born on 15th February, 1564. He was accused twice of heresy by the church for his beliefs, as well as for his support for the Copernican theory that all the planets, including the earth, revolved around the sun.