Best tweet ever?
Kieth Law, who was suspended from ESPN after he schooled his creationist colleague Curt Schilling in the theory of evolution, made the best comment ever upon reinstatement.
In the early 1600s, Galileo Galilei, who is often called the "father of modern science," dared support the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and his theory of heliocentrism, which postulates that the Earth orbits the Sun. For his defense of science, Galileo was brought before a Roman Court of Inquisition which found him "vehemently suspect of heresy". They forced him to recant and sentenced Galileo to house arrest, where he spent the remainder of his life. But as the story goes, after his sentencing, Galileo looked up at the sky and muttered in defiance of the religious court:
"Eppur si muove." (And yet it moves.)
And move it still does. Though they tried for a hundred years to promote the religious notion that the Earth was the center of everything, in the end facts always prevail. Today, even Fox News hosts accept that the Sun is the center of our solar system. That's why it is so hard to believe that in 2014, someone could be placed on the modern day version of house arrest (no Twitter) by their employer, just for politely defending a scientific theory - a theory much more widely accepted that heliocentrism was in 1615. But it happened just this month to ESPN baseball reporter, Keith Law.
Keith, (photo right) looks like he answered a call from Hollywood casting to play the part of a bespectacled, mild mannered science nerd. He's a regular user of Twitter, usually commenting on baseball - or on food. Cooking seems to be his hobby. Or maybe it's eating. It's hard to tell. But when his fellow ESPN contributor, Curt Schilling, went on an epic 14-hour anti-evolution rant on his own Twitter account, Keith channeled his inner Bill Nye and introduced Schilling, a former Red Sox pitcher, to science.
If you'd like to browse Schilling's evolution tweets, Deadspin, which characterized them as "showing his ass to the world" has collected them here for posterity. For those who prefer the abridged version, Schilling contends that while he might be able to accept that many breeds of dogs evolved from one progenitor dog, no one has ever found links that prove evolution happened between species.
"Show me ONE fossil, ANWHERE in the world that is a "miss", a creature in between two creatures as it evolved? Doesn't exist." Was one Curt Schilling tweet.
"If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Where’s the missing link?" Was another.
So into the fray stepped mild-mannered Keith Law, who dared counter his colleague's attack on evolution with educational opportunities for Mr. Schilling, tweeting:
"There are hundreds of transitional fossils on record, Curt. http://t.co/cmTiqzhtC5"
Following up with:
"You can't have fossils "between" two species if one didn't descend from the other - e.g., monkeys and humans".
The most contentious tweet Keith posted was this one:
"Seriously, if someone says evolution is wrong because there aren't fossils between monkeys and men, find a monkey and hit him with it."
He even went out of his way to be respectful of religious belief, tweeting:
"I haven't criticized or questioned anyone's faith. I oppose anti-science, that's all."
And for that Keith Law was suspended by ESPN and told to stay off Twitter.
Keep in mind, Curt Schilling (right) was never suspended or censured by ESPN for his anti-science rant.
When news that ESPN had suspended Keith because he defended the Theory of Evolution on Twitter began gaining traction, the sports network must have realized how they had managed to cast themselves in the role of the Roman Court of Inquisition. They began spinning. They couldn't say why Keith had been suspended but it "had absolutely nothing to do with his opinions" on evolution. Suddenly, Keith was reinstated. ESPN gave him the green light to return to Twitter, tweet away Keith!"
And so Keith Law did just that. He tweeted. Can you guess what his first tweet was?
Eppur si muove.
Best tweet ever?
Keith Law's Photo via Facebook
Curt Schilling photo via Facebook
Feature photo via Wikipedia