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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) 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.

“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 — a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry — is generally considered to be among the most conservative members of Congress, if not the most. He drew national attention in 2010 for saying he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen.

“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.”

Rep. Paul Broun, Talking Points Memo 49 Comments [10/9/2012 3:19:59 AM]
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Anon

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I hadn't realized Broun was a physician. Time for the AMA to disbar him.

10/9/2012 10:10:10 AM

pete

Stupid and insane.

10/9/2012 10:47:10 AM

Osiris

If science is of the devil, then please go live with the Amish. Otherwise you're a fucking parasite, willing to insult science whenever it makes a discovery that's inconvenient to your bat-shit insane religious indoctrination, but unwilling to abandon science when its discoveries lead to inventions that make your life more convenient.

10/9/2012 11:12:58 AM

SpukiKitty

I think this dink was asleep in Science class.

10/9/2012 11:17:55 AM

SpukiKitty

(double post)

10/9/2012 11:18:38 AM

Anon

@myself @1456632:

Beg pardon.

It's time for the medical licensing board to revoke Broun's license.

Sorry for my confusion - I'm not that kind of doctor.

10/9/2012 11:43:16 AM

Canuovea

Titania,

Nah, I'm not going to throw correlation does not equal causation at you. Mostly because there is a good argument that it does in this case. It is how democracy works, people tend to vote for others who are similar to them.

10/9/2012 11:52:37 AM

breakerslion

You feed yourself with that mouth?

10/9/2012 12:43:30 PM

Frelus

A B.S. in chemistry? I hope that means Bullshit in his case.

10/9/2012 1:09:13 PM

LAchlan

So you have an MD and a BSc, which leads me to believe you're being wilfully ignorant.

10/9/2012 1:22:47 PM

farpadokly

What on earth is this guy doing on the "House Science Committee"? In fact, why on earth would anyone vote this person to high political office?

10/9/2012 1:49:11 PM

Dr.Shrinker

Consider his audience. My guess is this was his way of saying, "don't be put off by my education. I'm still one of you, er uhm, y'all."

10/9/2012 1:51:27 PM

Old Viking

Broun specializes in mask-and-rattle therapy.

10/9/2012 2:22:17 PM

Mech610

This nutcase is just all over the place ain't he?

10/9/2012 3:06:53 PM

Papabear

And yet he claims to be a scientist. All the scientific degrees in the world don't make one a scientist if one doesn't use the scientific method... or even know what it is... or even care what it is.

10/9/2012 3:24:26 PM

tracer

How on the Biblically-accurate flat Earth did Paul Broun convince the University of Georgia at Athens to give him a B.S. in Chemistry? Was the scientific method an "optional" part of the curriculum in 1967?

10/9/2012 3:38:55 PM

Meeeh

...with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry...

Is that a Mega Dumbfuck and a Bull-Shit in Chemistry

10/9/2012 4:04:11 PM

John

"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 my particular Baptist church claims the Bible says. ... And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Baptist interpretation of 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.”"

There. Fixed.

10/9/2012 6:35:30 PM



so stoning will be back, seafood is off the menu , and all clothing stores will remove poly-cotton clothing ?

* hurries to by underwear *


10/9/2012 7:11:40 PM

Sylvana

You really have to wonder about the kind of person who will attack scientists as being tools of the devil, while driving around in a fancy car, flying around the world/ country in a fancy plane, communicating to anyone in the world instantly and conveniently and also in video and not to mention taking antibiotics when he is sick.

These kinds of people take for granted almost everything science has done for them, especially medical sciences. Hell if it was not for medical sciences these 40+ year old senators, congressmen and representatives would all be dead by now.

I think the most depressing part of this story is how he has an MD in chemistry, he should understand this stuff. That someone like this willfully closes his eyes and lets a 2000 odd year old book think for him is scary especially when you consider he is in a position of power. Technically you have to wonder why he even bothers with congress, if he will only make decisions based on the bible, we don't need his presence we can just stick a bible in his seat and do the same job for cheaper.

10/10/2012 1:10:41 AM

Justanotheratheist

Fine, show us this scientific date for your young earth, and no, the bible doesn't count.

10/10/2012 2:22:09 AM



As a Georgian, I am ashamed. As an American, I am ashamed too. As a human, I'm even more ashamed.

10/10/2012 3:53:32 AM

Mattiedef

People like this is the reason my Conservative, Moderate republican father votes democrat time and again.

10/10/2012 11:57:32 AM



"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 fuckwits are on the science committee?????

10/14/2012 11:59:31 PM
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