Recently, a Saudi cleric had his fifteen minutes of fame, to use the phrase supposedly coined by Andy Warhol. The cleric proclaimed in a recent TV interview - a video that made news around the world - that the Earth does not rotate. Indeed this prompted many of us to bow our heads in shame.
Instead, we would have wanted to show the world young Saudi men and women working in laboratories and international research centers. We would have wanted the world to know about their impressive achievements and discoveries. We didn't want the world to identify Saudis through a naive person who finds it difficult to understand a basic scientific fact. As we live in an era in which science is dwindling, it's no surprise to find people like him among us.
Dear astronomical genius Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, you have embarrassed us in front of the whole world. You have made headlines across the Earth, which you refuse to believe spins. You have achieved a fame that our scientists, elite students, writers and artists failed to achieve.
Off the edge
As we live in an era in which science is dwindling, it's no surprise to find people like him among usAbdulrahman al-Rashed