Georgia Republican congressman Paul Broun tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last month.
“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,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.
These are the people the Party-formerly-known-as-Republican charges with supporting and providing government oversight of science.
“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,” he said. “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…”
…Broun credited his literal Biblical interpretation with driving his approach to government…“What I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it,” he said. “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.”
It sickens me that an ideologue dedicated to superstition, opposing science as part of governance in this land, holds office in Congress. We can hold a separate discussion about whether some of these loonies need to be institutionalized. The core of my concern is the quantity of ignorant people who vote a clown like this into office – and why they do – believing a fundamentalist interpretation of a book written seven centuries ago by a monarchy’s church committee as holding sway over the breadth of modern science and knowledge.
The man’s a fool. I feel sorry for the people ignorant enough to vote for him. He probably expects to cure our economic problems by having Ron Paul or Mitt Romney lay hands on the door to the US Treasury and pray.