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I was reminded of that when I read the following in the Writer’s Almanac today. As one pundit commented, we don’t just need new politicians, we need a new electorate!
“On this date in 1632, Galileo published Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (books by this author), in which he argued against the belief of the church, that the Earth was not the center of the Universe, and that in fact the Sun is the center of the solar system, and the Earth is circling around it. TheDialogue was placed on the Catholic Church‘s Index of Forbidden Books the following year, and Galileo was tried and convicted for heresy. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest, and none of his later books were permitted to be published in his lifetime. TheDialogue remained on the Index of Forbidden Books until 1835.”
My God, it took the Church two hundred years to figure that one out!!!