It’s worth mentioning that before racist bigot and Conservapedia founder Andrew Schlafly went to Harvard to learn how to hate Barack Obama and become a really bad lawyer along the way, his mother sent him off to Princeton to become an engineer. Needless to say, that little venture didn’t last long…
Now it would appear as if Schlafly was as bad an engineer as he is a lawyer – and there’s plenty of evidence of the latter: from his cock-up at Ma Bell, through to his “but Washington’s letter is heartfelt” plea before a couple of States’ Supreme Courts, Schlafly creates the impression that if he were to work pro bono, his family would starve to death. No wonder he’s left lawyering for the lunatic fringe.
Below is the “engineer’s” reply to a criticism that unqualified people should be translating the Bible – referring, of course, to Schlafly’s pet heresy, the Conservative Bible Project. It also appeals to his “best of the public” crap, wherein he feels that members of the public (most notably Schlafly himself) can best any expert in any subject.
“The objection to the Conservative Bible Project is like saying an engineer should not try to build a bridge unless he first becomes a master in trigonometry. That objection doesn’t work, because the trigonometry is well-understood and modern challenges in building a good bridge have little to do with sine and cosine functions.”
Remember, this is an engineer speaking. If it were a dribbling moron like Ken Demyer or Ed Poor, I’d understand, but an engineer? Whether Schlafly actually believes the crap he writes is another matter. personally, I think lying is second nature to the man. It saves him having to think when called out on his latest piece of bullshit.
Then again, it does explain why he spends most of his time mentally abusing young children in a church basement, these days.
Just for argument’s sake, I turned to Google and searched for the terms “engineering trigonometry”. From the first two links that came up (excluding the ubiquitous Wikipedia) we get:
Trigonometry is used very extensively in engineering. It is used to break force vectors into components, allowing civil and construction engineers to see how stress is channeled throughout a building.
Engineers of various types use the fundamentals of trigonometry to build structures/systems, design bridges and solve scientific problems.