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    Forget Copernicus: Saudi Cleric Teaches Earth Does Not Orbit the Sun

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    The remarks turned Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari into an instant hit on social media.

    A Saudi cleric told students at a university in the United Arab Emirates that the Earth is stationary and does not move around the Sun, insisting any claims to the contrary are pure speculation.

    Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari said that the Earth cannot be revolving around the Sun because otherwise airplanes would not be able to reach their destination. In a recently emerged video, the cleric can be seen using a cup of water to awkwardly explain why the Earth is in fact stationary. Take a look:

    The ridiculous remarks turned the sheikh into an instant hit on social media. Thousands of users took to Twitter to comment on the remarks using hashtag #cleric_rejects_rotation_of_Earth.

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