A former Republican candidate for Georgia governor recently elected as a district-level GOP chair is now pushing conspiracy theories that the Earth is flat, reported Rolling Stone on Wednesday.
Kandiss Taylor is best known for her campaign touring Georgia in a bus that said "Jesus, Guns, Babies."
"In an interview with David Weiss (AKA 'Flat Earth Dave') and Matt Long on her 'Jesus, Guns, and Babies' podcast, Taylor and her guests discussed biblical 'evidence' that the Earth is actually flat as a pancake. 'The people that defend the globe don’t know anything about the globe,' said Weiss. 'If they knew a tenth of what Matt and I know about the globe they would be Flat Earthers,'" reported Nikki McCann Ramirez. "'All the globes, everywhere' Taylor said later in the discussion. 'I turn on the TV, there’s globes in the background … Everywhere there’s globes. You see them all the time, it’s constant. My children will be like ‘Mama, globe, globe, globe, globe’ — they’re everywhere.'"
There are several variants of the Flat Earth conspiracy theory, but the most common idea is that Earth is a disk, with the North Pole in the center, and Antarctica as a giant wall of ice along the "edge," and the Sun and Moon as small objects rotating in circles above the plane.
It is trivially simple to prove the Earth is spherical in a variety of ways, from observing ocean-faring ships disappear below the horizon with any decent pair of binoculars, to observing the way the Sun, Moon, and stars move across the sky, which would not be possible if they were simply above a flat plane. Gravity, likewise, wouldn't make any sense without a spherical Earth, because then there would be no center of mass that affects everyone at all points of the Earth's surface.
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For Taylor, however, the mere fact that the globe is a popular image is proof that there's some unspecified "conspiracy" of people forcing globes onto others.
“That’s what they do, to brainwash,” Taylor told Weiss and Long. “For me if it’s not a conspiracy. If it is real, why are you pushing so hard everywhere I go? Every store, you buy a globe, there’s globes everywhere. Every movie, every TV show, news media — why? More and more I’m like, it doesn’t make sense.”