• Evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” – US politics and the misrepresentation (misunderstanding) of science

    The Huffington Post recently reported this:

    Congressman Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said last week that evolution and the big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

    “God’s word is true. 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,” said Broun, who is an MD. “It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

    He continued:

    “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.”

    According to NBC News, Broun’s comments were part of a larger speech given at the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia on September 27th. A clip of the video was distributed by the The Bridge Project, a liberal watchdog group.

    Broun is a high-ranking member of the House Science Committee, of which Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is also a member.

    Akin made headlines last month for suggesting that women don’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because their bodies have “ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    What is utterly unforgiveable is that Broun holds a position of scientific responsibility with regards to politics and policy. This is inexcusable.

    “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 DC and ?I will continue to do that.

     

    OH

     

    DEAR

     

    ME.

     

    And the US is arguably the most important power in the world. and science arguably holds the future of this planet and mankind. And this man directs the former in the latter. Excuse me whilst I cry. As a Brit, I cannot really comment too condascendingly on how to vote. As a member of the global community who holds a shared future with you, the American people, please do not vote Republican.

     

    Addendum

     

    There is now an online petition for his removal from said committee. Sign up here!

    “Remove Rep. Paul Broun from the committee.

    Rep. Paul Broun does not believe in the most basic tenets of scientific process and critical thought. He is incompetent scientifically and damages the Committee with his presence.

    “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.”

    -Paul Broun, Republican Member of the House Science Committee”

    Category: EvolutionPoliticsScience and religion

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    Article by: Jonathan MS Pearce

    • smilodonsretreat

      Yeah… sigh.

      • When I saw Krauss the other night, I was going to ask him about the predicament of science with regards to the presidential election, but someone asked a similar question, so I asked what the layman could do, other than voting, to ensure such a misrepresentation of science wouldn’t take place. He talked about everyone having their soapbox and having a responsibility to engage those around us etc etc.

        Straightforward stuff, but vitally important. It’s why we’re here! And why I teach and write books too!

    • Vic

      “Broun is a high-ranking member of the House Science Committee”

      Doctor, a whiskey please. No, leave the bottle here.

      Politics are never as ideal as one would want it to be. And this congressman has every right to say his views out as loud as he wants.
      But considering his position, is it not possible to bring some kind of “quality control” for offices, which is democratically legitimized?
      I’m not trying to silence him, it’s just that I think he’s unsuited for the task the public appointed him and he could still have his views and oppinions holding another position in a committee, which is not as antithetic as the House Science Committee.

      • Hi Vic
        Thanks for commenting. It’s an interesting point and one which I am inclined, at first look, to agree with. Certainly he should not have a position of scientific responsibility.

        However, there is a larger question of goods and ills. Could he be doing more damage to society by being allowed to publicly (and congressionally) touting those opinions and acting upon them? Is it right that he can use misinformed and misrepresented untruths to make policy for the most powerful nation on earth?

        • Clare45

          How did Dr Broun make it through his medical training? Don’t they teach embryology in U.S. medical schools?