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Republican Congressman: Science Is ‘All Lies From The Pit Of Hell!’

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Republican Congressman: Science Is ‘All Lies From The Pit Of Hell!’

October 5, 2012
By Justin Rosario

There are days I despair for the human race. This is certainly one of them. Last month, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Moron) gave a speech denouncing science as Satan’s work to undermine Christianity. Seriously.

Via TPM:

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.” (Emphasis mine)

This man sits on the House Science Committee. That’s like letting a 5-year-old write the budget. Or Paul Ryan. Such profound, and deliberate, ignorance of basic education should disqualify Broun from having anything to do with policy making, much less science policy. This isn’t controversial stuff like “When does a fertilized egg become a person?” There’s a debate to be had there. This isn’t a question about something fundamentally unanswerable like what happens after we die. This is hard, proven and not that difficult to understand facts that Broun is childishly rejecting because he (mistakenly) thinks that it means he can’t worship Jesus.

Broun is a fundamentalist fanatic and, while there is no constitutional grounds on which to remove him, there are certainly common sense grounds. Anyone willing to supplant reality with a literal interpretation of a religious text written 6000 years ago is a mentally disturbed person. They are engulfed by a cult-like mentality and are a danger to themselves and those around them. If you find this idea startling, ask yourself if you would be comfortable having a member of the Taliban in a seat of power in the United States. If the answer is “no” but you’re fine with Broun, you are letting your familiarity with Christianity blind you. There is precious little difference between Broun and the people we went to war with Afghanistan over. What separates him from the violence exhibited by fundamentalists in the Middle East is that rule of law in the United States restrains Broun. For now, at least.

Make no mistake, anyone that insists that science is “lies straight from the pit of Hell” does not have the best interest of the country at heart. That person wants a populace of fearful sheep, bullied into submission or whipped into a killing frenzy as the situation dictates. It’s time we stop giving them a pass because we’re afraid of being accused of “attacking Christianity.” Christianity has nothing to do with Broun’s delusions. Broun and his ilk seek to inflict their sick and warped vision of the world on to the rest of us and the only way that happens is if we allow it.

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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He doesn't belong on a committee that is supposed to address science related matters.  How was he appointed to that committee?  

If his supporters elected him, great.  But he should not be on a committee that handles discussions and funding of science, if he doesn't believe in it.

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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 Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Something tells me they didn't make their beliefs known before they got voted in.

Quoting shannonnigans:

We are toast. Please tell me how a guy who believes eggs recognize and fight off rape sperm, and a guy who believes embryology is the work of Satan (forgetting about the age of the earth, which is bad enough), are on a SCIENCE committee? Please tell me why this is not being investigated. Please tell me how it's not an attempt at absolute religious infiltration of our government? And somebody, please tell me how it hasn't already happened. Of everything we talk about here, this is the scariest piece of news I've read in years.


lga1965
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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Quoting shannonnigans:

We are toast. Please tell me how a guy who believes eggs recognize and fight off rape sperm, and a guy who believes embryology is the work of Satan (forgetting about the age of the earth, which is bad enough), are on a SCIENCE committee? Please tell me why this is not being investigated. Please tell me how it's not an attempt at absolute religious infiltration of our government? And somebody, please tell me how it hasn't already happened. Of everything we talk about here, this is the scariest piece of news I've read in years.

 I agree.

Many Moms here at CM think that way too ...many replies here at CM scare me too. Its just that this backward, fundamentalist way of thinking gets passed dwon through generations and most are afraid to question it.

We don't need this in our Government at all. I'm scared by this too.

And....sadly, this fundamentalist elected official is in Georgia, which doesn't surprise me at all.

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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Hence my use of the term "infiltration".



Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Something tells me they didn't make their beliefs known before they got voted in.


Quoting shannonnigans:

We are toast. Please tell me how a guy who believes eggs recognize and fight off rape sperm, and a guy who believes embryology is the work of Satan (forgetting about the age of the earth, which is bad enough), are on a SCIENCE committee? Please tell me why this is not being investigated. Please tell me how it's not an attempt at absolute religious infiltration of our government? And somebody, please tell me how it hasn't already happened. Of everything we talk about here, this is the scariest piece of news I've read in years.



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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM


Quote:

Make no mistake, anyone that insists that science is “lies straight from the pit of Hell” does not have the best interest of the country at heart. That person wants a populace of fearful sheep, bullied into submission or whipped into a killing frenzy as the situation dictates. It’s time we stop giving them a pass because we’re afraid of being accused of “attacking Christianity.”

AMEN!

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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They have a right to think it, and they have a right to run for and hold public office. But if you eschew science, are you really qualified to be in a science commitee? That's like a president saying "I'm not really into the whole political process".

Any important issue before the Science Committee is compromised from the get-go.


Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting shannonnigans:

We are toast. Please tell me how a guy who believes eggs recognize and fight off rape sperm, and a guy who believes embryology is the work of Satan (forgetting about the age of the earth, which is bad enough), are on a SCIENCE committee? Please tell me why this is not being investigated. Please tell me how it's not an attempt at absolute religious infiltration of our government? And somebody, please tell me how it hasn't already happened. Of everything we talk about here, this is the scariest piece of news I've read in years.

 I agree.


Many Moms here at CM think that way too ...many replies here at CM scare me too. Its just that this backward, fundamentalist way of thinking gets passed dwon through generations and most are afraid to question it.


We don't need this in our Government at all. I'm scared by this too.


And....sadly, this fundamentalist elected official is in Georgia, which doesn't surprise me at all.


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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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Quoting cammibear:

Note some key phrases:
"sick and warped vision"
"delusions"
"fearful sheep"
Comparison to Taliban
Comparison to violent Muslims
Cult-like mentality
Danger to themselves and those around them
Fanatic
No Constitutional grounds to remove him, but common sense grounds
Deliberate ignorance
Denouncing science

Now, don't tell me this person wouldn't be right there cheering on the mass slaughter of anybody that doesn't accept the evolutionary theory of life origins. This person cannot distinguish "science" from "evolution", and cannot discern where empirical evidence ends and faith begins.

Oh please, don't be ridiculous.  By the way, evolution IS part of science.  I suppose you think the Earth is 6,000 years old too, right?

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM


Quoting shannonnigans:

We are toast. Please tell me how a guy who believes eggs recognize and fight off rape sperm, and a guy who believes embryology is the work of Satan (forgetting about the age of the earth, which is bad enough), are on a SCIENCE committee? Please tell me why this is not being investigated. Please tell me how it's not an attempt at absolute religious infiltration of our government? And somebody, please tell me how it hasn't already happened. Of everything we talk about here, this is the scariest piece of news I've read in years.

I AGREE COMPLETELY!!!!

cammibear
by Gold Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM
This article is full of crap Roma. Please don't defend it.

You didn't like my comment in the Bill Nye thread either. This is a small example of what I was talking about. This type of elitist mentality has and still can lead to terrible ends. "The ends justify the means..."


Quoting romalove:

 


Quoting cammibear:

Note some key phrases:
"sick and warped vision"
"delusions"
"fearful sheep"
Comparison to Taliban
Comparison to violent Muslims
Cult-like mentality
Danger to themselves and those around them
Fanatic
No Constitutional grounds to remove him, but common sense grounds
Deliberate ignorance
Denouncing science

Now, don't tell me this person wouldn't be right there cheering on the mass slaughter of anybody that doesn't accept the evolutionary theory of life origins. This person cannot distinguish "science" from "evolution", and cannot discern where empirical evidence ends and faith begins.


 WHAT???


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romalove
by Roma on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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Quoting cammibear:

This article is full of crap Roma. Please don't defend it.

You didn't like my comment in the Bill Nye thread either. This is a small example of what I was talking about. This type of elitist mentality has and still can lead to terrible ends. "The ends justify the means..."


Quoting romalove:

 


Quoting cammibear:

Note some key phrases:
"sick and warped vision"
"delusions"
"fearful sheep"
Comparison to Taliban
Comparison to violent Muslims
Cult-like mentality
Danger to themselves and those around them
Fanatic
No Constitutional grounds to remove him, but common sense grounds
Deliberate ignorance
Denouncing science

Now, don't tell me this person wouldn't be right there cheering on the mass slaughter of anybody that doesn't accept the evolutionary theory of life origins. This person cannot distinguish "science" from "evolution", and cannot discern where empirical evidence ends and faith begins.


 WHAT???


 You think people who believe in science and evolution want to slaughter people who disagree???

Is that what you just said???

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