[Ed. – Airplanes reaching their destinations apparently proves this to his satisfaction. Well, that and a glass of water.]
A Saudi cleric has publicly claimed that the Earth is a static object which is orbited by the sun, adding that centuries of evidence to the contrary is little more than fabrication.
Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari is believed to have been speaking at a university lecture in the United Arab Emirates when a student asked him whether the Earth rotates or is stationary.
The Islamic scholar quickly replies ‘stationary and does not move’, before launching into a long-winded and confusing explanation that appears to the suggest that if the Earth was moving, airliners would never be able to reach their destination.
After telling the student that the Earth does not rotate, Sheikh al-Khaibari attempts to back up his argument with religious statements and quotes from other Islamic clerics. …
Holding a cup of water aloft, the cleric adds: ‘Focus with me, this is Earth’.
Over the next 30 seconds, Sheikh al-Khaibari enters into a baffling explanation of his point of view, claiming that if the Earth truly was rotating, then airliners could just stop in the air and wait for the country to arrive beneath them, rather than waste time actually flying.
‘China would be coming towards it,’ he argues.
On the other hand, he said, if the Earth was moving in the opposite direction the plane would never be able to reach its destination because ‘China is also rotating’.