Religion, Science and Rightist Troglodytes

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Republican Rep. Paul Broun 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. 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,” 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.”

Okay, we can all agree that Paul Broun is a wingnut but what do you think is the most shocking fact concerning Broun and his views on science?

1. That he’s a Republican? Nope. No one with half a mind expects Republicans to be rational these days.

2. That he’s a religious zealot? Nope. Religious zealotry and ignorance have been a staple of Republican ideology forever now.

3. That Broun believes that governance should be dictated by strict adherence to the Bible?

[The Bible] 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.

Nope. See 1. and 2.

So what is the most disturbing thing about Rep. Broun’s views on science? This: The Republican nutcase serves on the House Science Committee!

The man who believes that “evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory” are lies from no other than the “pit of Hell” is a member of the committee that oversees energy research, astronautical research and development, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Weather Service, science scholarships and federal funding for scientific research and development. This guy! The guy who believes that Earth is less than 10,000 years old and was created in six days has a say on what NASA does. He has a say on who is worthy of a science scholarship. Obviously, non-Christianists and believers of basic evolution need not apply.

The only thing worse than knowing that a religious troglodyte serves on a Science committee is the knowledge that the supremely ignorant Michele Bachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee.


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10 thoughts on “Religion, Science and Rightist Troglodytes

  1. When people express disdain for evolution on religious grounds, I wonder why it is that they have no problem with being descended from a pile of dirt but resent coming from a long heritage of actual living things.

  2. I’m curious, E.A. What reasons other than religious based ones would anyone have for dissing evolution?

  3. Isn’t it amazing that God, that old leg puller, left so much evidence of a very old earth, in the form of fossils, to confuse us so he could have the pleasure of burning us in hell. Nothing says I love you with as much authority as eternity in a lake of fire.

  4. @ Arthur L.:

    There are people out there (the ones who thought that Prometheus was a documentary) who believe that life on Earth was deposited by aliens who are running the world as a controlled experiment. At least one group in this school of thought calls it “scientific creationism”.

  5. Despite what he said he believes, this man wears clothing that science has made possible, communicates by means made possible by science, and enjoys medical advances and treatments made possible by science, among many, many other things.


  6. David, I have often wondered myself if our scientists determined that a comet was on a collusion course with earth, what would they do? And how can they possibly accept DNA scientific evidence in a court of law? And scientific medical breakthroughs.
    It is amazing that they only cherry pick scientific facts that would interfere with the oil and coal companies as being a hoax?
    If you post a question like this on a right leaning web site you hear crickets, or the name Al Gore.

  7. When I say my bedtime prayers tonight I shall make a special appeal to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that his noodly appendages touch the heart of rep. Paul Broun and put him on the true path to salvation which is Pastafarianism. In the name of the midget who lives among the trees and mountains I beseech you to read this letter written by a devotee to the Kansas School Board.

  8. These people make me sick. To know that I live in a world where a book written by some guy a few thousand years ago is accepted as evidence that scientific theories are wrong, well, it makes me want to move away, to some place up in Canada or Alaska, where I will be completely secluded from their nonsense. But not too far. I still want my National Geographic magazines.

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