Benjamin Bridges

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Benjamin D. Bridges, Sr.
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 10th district
In office
1997–2008
Succeeded by Rick Austin
Personal details
Born (1940-08-30) August 30, 1940 (age 76)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanie Bridges
Children 5
Religion Baptist

Benjamin D. Bridges, Sr. (born August 30, 1940, in Ila, Madison County, Georgia)[1] is a former Republican politician and one-time member of the Georgia House of Representatives. Bridges represented Georgia's 10th district, based about the city of Cleveland, between 1997 and 2008.[1] He was chairman of the House Retirement Committee, and was replaced as the 10th district's representative by fellow Republican Rick Austin in 2008.

Biography[edit]

Born in 1940, Bridges graduated from high school in 1959 and received a barber license in 1960.[2] He worked as a barber for six years before joining the Georgia State Patrol in 1966. He retired in 1995 with the rank of captain, and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1997. He served in the House until 2008.

2007 anti-evolution controversy[edit]

In February 2007, Bridges was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and others for circulating a memo condemning evolution and heliocentrism in the Georgia legislature. The memo claimed that:

"Indisputable evidence – long hidden but now available to everyone – demonstrates conclusively that so-called 'secular evolution science' is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate 'creation scenario' of the Pharisee Religion...This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic 'holy book' Kabbala dating back at least two millennia."[3]

The memo also directed readers to the website of the young Earth creationist Fair Education Foundation, which claims the Earth is not rotating or orbiting the Sun, and denies the existence of any stars or exoplanets outside the solar system.[4] Marshall Hall (1931–2013),[4] the memo's author and the founder of the Fair Education Foundation, was the husband of Bridges' longtime campaign manager, Bonnie Hall.[3]

Bridges claimed he had nothing to do with the memo, but Hall stated that he had Bridges' approval. Bridges said he did not necessarily disagree with Hall's viewpoint; he was quoted as saying, "I agree with it more than I would the Big Bang Theory or the Darwin Theory".[5] Bridges' memo was later circulated in the Texas legislature by the conservative Republican Warren Chisum of Pampa, the seat of Gray County in the Texas Panhandle.[3]

NOTE: There needs to be pages for Benjamin Bridges, painter living in London ( www.benjaminbridges.com ), and for Ben Bridges, author of Western & other novels ( www.benbridges.co.uk ).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ben Bridges, Sr. VoteSmart.org. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Official Profile: Georgia (GA) State Representative Ben Bridges, Sr., GA House of Representatives Archived May 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. FreedomSpeaks.com. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "The Warren Chisum-Ben Bridges Memo Controversy". Texas Citizens for Science. February 16, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b The Earth Is Not Moving. Fair Education Foundation. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Jeremy Redmon. "Anti-evolution memo stirs controversy". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. February 15, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2013.

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