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.
In the video Broun says:
BROUN: 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, 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.
Here is the video:
Note, Braun is a medical doctor. While he has a degree in Chemistry, a medical doctor is NOT a scientist. (Dr. Steve Novella has spoken about this before on Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe) So Broun’s claim that his is a “scientist” is weak. There are lots of scientist who believe absolutely wrong things.
But a young earth is a truly nonsensical thing to believe.
One of those who tipped us on this story, Justin, says that “of all the doubtful claims out there, creationism/anti-evolution is for some reason the most grating to me personally. We’re regressing in science so much every year with these silly debates and stunts while other countries’ education systems are surging ahead.” This is exactly the kind of thing Bill Nye was talking about. It’s embarrassing that our congresspeople can say such completely baseless and ridiculous things such as the earth is 9000 years old. Evolution is how nature works. To discard that is to deny reality. You are denying the world around you.
Tip: Mike Hill and Justin via submit a story