A Jewish organization is demanding an apology from a Georgia lawmaker after a memo using his name claims that evolution was a myth propagated by an ancient Jewish sect.
The Anti-Defamation League sent a letter to state Representative Ben Bridges on Thursday chastising him for writing the "highly offensive" memo, which attributes the Big Bang theory to writings in the Kabbalah.
Bridges has denied writing the memo, although one of his closest political allies, Marshall Hall, said the legislator gave him the approval to draft it.
Hall, a 76-year-old former high school teacher whose wife ran Bridges' election campaign, said neither the site nor the memo is anti-Semitic. "I think they tar people with that brush a little too readily," he said.