Galileo pushed the individualist view that the Earth is not the center of the universe. He believed that the center of what he called a solar system was the sun, and that the Earth revolved around the sun. His views resulted in the Roman Catholic church declaring him a heretic and burning him at the stake.
Nowadays, patriotic Americans honor Galileo as the patron saint of all things truthy; while the Leftist Scientific Establishment, with its addiction to absolute facts, has become the modern Inquisition.
- ↑ Actually it was Giordano Bruno who was burnt at the stake, but my point was that, you know, that you just proved my point, whatever my point was.