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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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by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Somebody is just bitter because somewhere in his past, a teacher flunked him in science class, maybe?  The thing that kills me is that he is an MD!  If I remember right, I think his bachelors was in chemistry, or bio chem.

Although this is the kicker...Dh was saying he's been married 4 times.

Such a godly man, eh? 

by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

point taken and agreed.

Quoting AdrianneHill:

We both know it isn't in the Bible but because a medieval rabbi did some math, he decided the world was that age. Now people go parroting that figure without knowing where it comes from because the alternative (science not being wrong) is unthinkable. Like I said, I think most of these people don't really believe in the stuff they say they believe but are just starting these things because they think that is what is required of them by their religious identity. It's silly to make science the litmus test of your religious faith but people today want to announce their religious beliefs by stating how they disagree with science.

Quoting blondie805:

If I may without trying to offend you, step in for one moment. First of all, any real Christian knows that science and religion confirm each other. If they don't then the theory is flawed and not true. I firmly believe that the earth is much older than what some are saying. In my Bible, it doesn't say how long "one day" is.

I don't know about the banning of books. I live in the South (in fact, I am in the heart of the Bible belt where on every street corner you have an option of 3 things-a Wal-Mart, a church or a Waffle House and sometimes you get lucky and get a Waffle House accross the street from your church). We don't ban books like Harry Potter. If we did, then we would be banning classics like "Slaughterhouse 5", "Catcher in the Rye" or my personal fav "The Wizard of Oz."

Unfortunately, this idiot tries to confirm the "ignorance" of Christians. No one who is in their right mind would dare believe in the God that we serve and this ignorant butt's rhetoric.

It was said that we believe that the earth is only 6000 years old because of Biblical Science. Show me the Bible that you have that says that. I don't have one.

I won't argue the creation issue. It's really not about that. It's about listening to this moron and believing that he is a true example of a Christian when in fact, he is just the polar opposite.

Quoting AdrianneHill:

That is because science had been politicized now. People believe they are making religious statements by agreeing our fidgeting with scientific thought bard on religious dogma. Thing is most of these people really don't think it all of the way out and think about all of the things that would have to be different or just written out if science for the world to only be six thousands years old. I bet he had some humorous ideas about the dinosaurs if he is trying to make them fit into his biblical science world view. We won't even talk about the other animals that lived and died before humanity because he would likely say they Noah left them off the ark or something. Those ideas are dangerous to science. They really are. It isn't a sign of weakness for science to revise its thinking and discard ideas proven wrong, such as the humors or spontaneous generation. It means that dogma is much less important than understanding and making better sense of our world, the opposite of religious thinking, which demands facts be discarded in the face of conflicting dogma

Quoting jurnee14:

Who votes for these people? How is he on a science commitee? Its scary that people let their reliigious beliefs cloud their judgement as leaders. I remember first learning about evolution, big  bang, etc in the 5th grade, that was 1980. Not one person complained about what we were being taught, no parent pulled their child from class or tried to interfere. Now I hear about this more and more, and parents wanting "creationism' taught in schools. Have religions become more forceful in the yrs between or was it just that I grew up in a large city(nyc), and this is more a southern thing? We had very few books not allowed in school libraries also, and that was mostly due to sexual content,not being allowed for the younger grades, my kids district was thinking of banning Harry Potter, due to pressure from religious groups of parents. Its just so odd, Im 43 yrs old, growing up I didnt know any one who didnt believe in evolution, and now I am finding more people turning their backs on science, facts and reason

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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