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GA Congressman: evolution is "lies from hell"

4:27 pm - 10/07/2012
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's view that the theories of evolution and the big bang are "lies straight from the pit of Hell" is getting more exposure than he might have expected, thanks to a video that was made at a church-sponsored banquet in Georgia and distributed by a progressive political watchdog group.

The Georgia Republican is already well-known as an outspoken conservative Christian, due in part to his unsuccessful campaign to have 2010 declared "the Year of the Bible." But the latest comments have taken on an extra dab of controversy because Broun, a medical doctor, calls himself a scientist in the video and chairs the House Science Committee's panel on investigations and oversight.

The video clip, distributed by the Bridge Project, was taken from a longer version recorded on Sept. 27 during the 2012 Sportsman's Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga. Here's a transcript of the Bridge Project's snippet:

"God's word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory [sic], 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. 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.

"And what I've come to learn is that it's the manufacturer's handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it 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."

Broun's comments were greeted with applause, and they probably reflect how a lot of his constituents feel about the same issues. He's assured of re-election in any case, due to the fact that he has no Democratic Party challenger in next month's election. But how will Broun's latest pronouncements play out on a national stage? Will they have any effect on the presidential campaign?

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OP: Ajdklfakjldjafkldkjl I cannot even with this immense load of bullshit. It is truly horrific that assholes like this are ELECTED TO PUBLIC OFFICE. And on a regular basis, no less. 

P.S. I had a hell of a time getting the formatting in this entry not to be totally effed up, so if it doesn't come out right let me know...

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16thcentmargot 8th-Oct-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
I...what?

*speechless*
iolarah 8th-Oct-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
In what way is he possibly a scientist?
romp 8th-Oct-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I'd like to think a dr is but I think he needs to hand in his membership.
schexyschteve 8th-Oct-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I wish all these uber-religious assholes would take their bibles and their religion and move far, far away and start their own isolated country. LEAVE THE US ALONE.
ms_maree 8th-Oct-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
No, another country is still far too close to everyone else. Throw them on a ship and send them to the other side of the galaxy...or the sun. The sun sounds good.
terseywersey 8th-Oct-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
*facepalm*

So embarrassed that this man is a) my congressman and b) a physician.
beoweasel 8th-Oct-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
He's a chemist.
tabaqui 8th-Oct-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Fuck these holier-than-thou religious zealots and their ridiculous bullshite. If i, as a Congressperson, stood up and said 'i rely on the wisdom of Odin to guide my votes in Washington', the blowback would be *enormous*. I'd be run out of town on a rail.

And yet this jackass gets away with it 'because religion'.

Fucking ridiculous.
ms_maree 8th-Oct-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
the blowback would be *enormous*. I'd be run out of town on a rail.

Well, OBVIOUSLY. Pfff.

You heathens with your false gods! You have as yet to be touched by the noodly appendages of the great flying spaghette monster.

Edited at 2012-10-08 12:51 am (UTC)
beoweasel 8th-Oct-2012 12:42 am (UTC)


I noticed they took down the full 47 minute video of him on youtube. But as I mentioned before, anyone else find it utterly bizarre that he's in a Church, but surrounded by severed deer heads? I mean, I've lived in the deep South all my life and have been in a number of churches, but I have yet to be in one where a room is completely covered in deer heads, that's a special kind of redneck.

And, in conservative logic, I can grasp the idea that they they think Evolution isn't real, or the Big Bang Theory isn't true, as these are concepts that can't be witnessed in real time.

but... EMBRYOLOGY??? How is that a lie? WHAT IS THE LOGIC BEHIND THIS BELIEF, I HAVE TO KNOW.
violetrose 8th-Oct-2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Maybe because embryology is connected to gynaecology, reproductive rights and abortion therefore it's omg super evil and bad? Idk.
johnjie 8th-Oct-2012 12:55 am (UTC)
What...

what
executivehpfan 8th-Oct-2012 01:10 am (UTC)
QUE?
angelofdeath275 8th-Oct-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
The Georgia Republican is already well-known as an outspoken conservative Christian, due in part to his unsuccessful campaign to have 2010 declared "the Year of the Bible.


huh????


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.


so in other words through your selective perspective you disgarded everything else and magically found this 'evidence'
moonshaz 8th-Oct-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
so in other words through your selective perspective you disgarded everything else and magically found this 'evidence'

That's pretty much how so-called "creation science" works, in a nutshell! :D
moonbladem 8th-Oct-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory [sic], 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. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old.

Believe whatever the hell you want, but keep your beliefs from public policy please. We don't need creationism taught in our schools, or that the earth is 6000 or 9000 years old. Science is science, and religion is religion. Not only that, I'm for the separation of church and state. Just because you believe in your religion doesn't mean you get to shove your beliefs down everyone's throats.

And oh, it doesn't look like you're much of a scientist either, so I'll take whatever you say about science with a mountain of salt.
tigerdreams 8th-Oct-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Why is public office the only job in this country for which there are literally no required qualifications?!

Seriously. I know that the reason there are no tests for public office is so that they can't be used against marginalized groups, but there's got to be a way to protect minorities while still imposing some sort of basic standards on the people who make the decisions about how this country is governed, to ensure that the people making our laws have at least a nodding acquaintance with reality.
yesthatnagia 8th-Oct-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Where is my like button. Or my reblog button. Or my "Let Me Attempt Your Taxes For The Next Ten Years" button.
nicosian 8th-Oct-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I am completely over and done with people claiming their holy book is the end all and be all of humanity,tired of their justifying by said holy book and belief to constantly shitkick the rights of others, to shit on the progress humankind has made, tired of these blowhards wanting to roll back society to the dark ages, tired of their beievs getting a free pass when the rest of us are told to shut up, play nice, that we're not moral or upright or compassionate and that we have no reason to live.

dead damn sick and tired of the religious right. Akin, this guy, Bachmann santorum, the whole damn lot can fuck right off to the dark ages on their own and leave the rest of us be.
shortsweetcynic 8th-Oct-2012 11:40 am (UTC)
*applause*
heartbreakangel 8th-Oct-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
What in the blue neon fuck did I just read?
umi_mikazuki 8th-Oct-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
I'm currently taking classes for two things that are lies from hell, then. Embryology and Evolution.
lord_cellytron 8th-Oct-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
BUT NO SERIOUSLY WHAT
mercystars 8th-Oct-2012 02:29 am (UTC)
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astridmyrna 8th-Oct-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
apocalypsos 8th-Oct-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
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. I don't believe found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old.

Huh, you'd think the Mesopotamians who were keeping records on clay tablets for A THOUSAND YEARS by then would have made a note of something as huge as the world being created.
romp 8th-Oct-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
There were no Mesopotamians. The first writing occurred in 1704 at a farm in Pennsylvania. All the rest was fake evidence planted by Satan.

once you toss in that Satan has constructed this elaborate hoax, anything can be dismissed--quite clever really
mollywobbles867 8th-Oct-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
teacup_werewolf 8th-Oct-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
IA Neil...
ariante 8th-Oct-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
this is my representative please help

doing my part to vote him out...but my district is kinda cray
nycscribbler 10th-Oct-2012 02:16 am (UTC)
At this point, I think fleeing might be a better option. I've got a couch.
hinoema 8th-Oct-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
So, essentially, he's saying that an Omnipresent Being that can create life and universes and stuff is too stupid to use a lengthy (to us mortal beings) process like evolution to do it?
pretty_angel 8th-Oct-2012 08:27 am (UTC)
Yes, he is. And so is everyone else who thinks this BS.
rkt 8th-Oct-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
oh ok.
rhysande 8th-Oct-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
The world would have a lot less evil in it if the people who reject science and scientific knowledge as satanic and evil would actually eliminate it from their lives. Then we wouldn't have to see or listen to them on TV, the internet, or any other form of electronic media anymore.
bluelarkspur 8th-Oct-2012 05:10 am (UTC)
I honestly think that there should be some sort of oath for sworn in politicians that they won't allow their religion to provide "major directions" (besides basic ethical concerns like caring for the poor.) You have the right to be as religious as you want, but only as long as you're not pushing that on anyone else.

And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.

Yeah, I'm not seeing the connection here between believing in evolution and not needing a savior. Believing that the Old Testament was 100 percent factually true is not in any way relevant to the message of the Gospels. Some of the most devout people I know are doctors and scientists. It's really not hard to reconcile the two, to look at the story as allegorical. At least among the religious I know, evolution is seen as part of God's more complex vision. The biblical story was divinely inspired, but at that time, was beyond the writer's comprehension, so it became translated to the whole seven days crap.

The Catholic church sucks in so many ways, but I'll give it credit here. At my Catholic school, we were told that Creationism is flat out wrong. (Of course, the church is still recovering from its embarrassment about Galileo, so that might be it.)

Edited at 2012-10-08 05:11 am (UTC)
hinoema 8th-Oct-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
Can you imagine this guy's reaction if someone else said:

And that's the reason as your congressman I hold the Book of Mormon/ Talmud/ Qur'an/ etc as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I'll continue to do that."

hinoema 8th-Oct-2012 06:37 am (UTC)
You can tell a concept is inherently unsound when its proponents react to any potential contradiction with fear and hatred instead of rational disagreement. Prime example, here.
door 8th-Oct-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
I don't want to live on this planet any more.
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