In 1546 the Roman Catholic Church condemned Copernicus because he believed that the planets circled the sun. In 1633 Galileo was denounced and sanctioned for supporting the theory. It wasn't until 1939 that the church officially admitted the mistake. Today we see a similar problem with the, blame it mostly on religion and American jingoism, Republican party which requires its leaders to pass a difficult litmus test. The requirements are outlined in an editorial in the St Louis Post-Dispatch called "Eight myths to chill an old-school Republican soul".