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.
Note: The illustration above is the first in a series of typographical art mocking the more radical elements of Republican ideology. The series is inspired by the fine work of Jeremy Kalgreen and his ‘I’m voting Tea Party‘ series which I first came across over at Balloon Juice.
I’ll be making the artwork available at the MarioPiperniDotCom store later today. Feel free to pass on any suggestions you might have for suitable slogans for this series.