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GOP Congressman: Evolution, Big Bang, ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’

by David Badash on October 5, 2012

in News,Politics,Religion

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Rep. Paul Broun, a four-term Tea Party Republican U.S. Congressman from the state of Georgia, says that “as a scientist,” he believes evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang Theory are all “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

Broun delivered these remarks at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet in Hartwell, Georgia on September 27, 2012.

“God’s word is true,” Broun says, while standing in front of a wall filled with the dead heads of deer. “I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.

“And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.”

Broun began his run for Congress in 1990 but couldn’t get elected until 2007, after Congressman  Charlie Norwood died of cancer.

During the 2011 State of the Union Address, Broun sent this tweet that got him a lot of attention:

Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.”

Broun had refused to actually attend the State of the Union.

And what did the Republicans do with Broun?

Here are Congressman Paul Broun’s committee assignments:

Yes, the man who promises to use the Bible to make all his decisions is the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and is on the Committee on Science and Technology.

Because in “GOP world” science does not exist.

This is the definition of  lunacy.

Charles Johnson, founder of Little Green Footballs, notes:

Paul Broun, Todd Akin — these are the people that the Republican Party puts in charge of science at the highest level of the government. Extreme right wing fundamentalists and young earth creationists who believe science is a tool of Satan.


Hat tip: Talking Points Memo

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Kiltedbear October 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

You can not just call yourself a scientist and *poof*, you are one. You follow the scientific method. Faith is faith and has absolutely nothing to do with the scientific method at all. What a moron.

lepidopteryx October 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Embryology is a lie? Embryos don't really exist?

BJLincoln October 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

This is a perfect case of mental illness being hidden behind a Bible.

tacitus October 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

This is what happens when you pit conservatives against liberals. The job of a conservative is to plant his feet in the ground and oppose anything too new and innovative, like evolution and telephones. The job of a liberal is to compromise with who ever is available, and the people available are fascists and other liberals.

The result should have been obvious.

labman57 October 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

Well, the GOP placed Bachmann on the House Intelligence Committee, so …

Just another one of many reality-challenged politicians and pundits who have embraced ignorance of the modern world and a distrust of the well-educated.

For we certainly don't want our national leaders to be eloquent, scientifically literate, and generally well-informed about the world in which we live. Much better to derive scientific theories based on the cherry-picked passages taken from the Bible and to form national public policy based on the rumors, gossip, and unverified anecdotal accounts taken from online blogs.

LOrion October 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

GAHHH!!! Yep, I'll go with the mental illness idea.
This is another to share via GOOGLE+ though I am a little leery of sharing it overseas.

GaelicWench October 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Unbelievable! It's maroons like him that has given me a reason to truly dislike anything to do with Christianity. I believe in a higher power. But I strongly believe in evolution and that the universe is around 13 billion years old and our solar system is approximately 4.5 billion years old. NOT 9k!!

And why is it that Congress puts all the wrong people in committees with which they are the least competent? This is why nothing gets done in an efficient and timely manner. They just can't be bothered with it. These people are total incompetents.

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