GOP member of House Science Committee believes Earth is only 9,000 years old
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun came into the national spotlight because of various comments he made that included claiming evolution is a "lie straight from the pit of hell."
As it happens Congressman Paul Brounsits on the Congressional Science, Space, and Technology committee. Many across the nation are crying foul claiming that Broun's religious beliefs put him directly at odds with scientific matters that are of national importance. Broun said this during a speechearlier in the year:
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.
One wonders how a man who disbelieves modern scientific study was able to get a seat on a committee that holds the purse strings to billions of dollars annually in scientific projects. The Science, Space, and Technology committee was created in 1957 and has since played an integral part of the space race, the creation of the National Weather Service, while also having ties to atomic readiness programs among countless others.
According to the committee's official website they also have a "special oversight" function of:
providing for exclusive responsibility among all Congressional Standing Committees to review and study, on a continuing basis, all laws, programs and government activities involving Federal non-military research and development.
Consider the context. Every single program that is scientific but non-military related has to be voted on by a man who believes that all knowledge gained about modern scientific study, including archeology, is a hoax. For Broun's beliefs to be true, the very people whom he holds power over would have to be engaged in a world-wide conspiracy to defraud.