From Satan’s Bottom

Headdesk:

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last month.

“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.”

Broun is on the House Science Committee, by the way. His position there isn’t a middle finger to science — not entirely anyway. He has a degree in chemistry and a doctorate.

I post this more for amusement than anything else. I’ve been in astrophysics for twenty years now and I’ve never gotten a smoking sulfurous memo instructing me in this week’s secular humanistic God-destroying conspiracy. All I’ve seen is thousands of pieces of information that are consistent with a universe that is 14 billion years old.

Of course, I never get invited to the really cool meetings, anyway.

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  1. Hal_10000 *

    Some ignorance is deliberate, CM. In intro astronomy, we’ve encountered more than one student who can recite all the facts, tell you all the theories … and refuses to believe it. They regard learning it as some duty they have to pay to the Satanic gods to get a degree.

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  2. Argive

    In intro astronomy, we’ve encountered more than one student who can recite all the facts, tell you all the theories … and refuses to believe it.

    When I took Intro Astronomy and we got to the unit on Earth’s formation, the professor said that he didn’t want to offend anyone, and we were all perfectly entitled to whatever religious beliefs we held, but he was going to teach the theory with the most scientific evidence behind it and that was that. You could tell that he’d had to give that little speech dozens of times.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    What a fucking dipsquatch!
    , on that alone he should be tossed out of congress….

    We have a process for that and it will occur on Nov. 6th.

    Perhaps Hal might have posted this in Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) district in Georgia?

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    The sad truth is that this person represents a large number of people with similarly moronic beliefs.

    You can’t fix it by pointing out how retarded they are being: they already believe that faith in a zombie that went to another dimension and hears their telepathic messages will give them eternal existence after their meat sack stops functioning.

    Seriously, if they are going to take that line of shit at face value, why bother telling them otherwise?

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  5. Dave D

    What a country!

    We have a sitting president who apparently sat in a hatespeech-filled church where the pastor spouted anti-american, racist tripe for 20 years and he didn’t hear and/or believe ANY of it.

    On the other hand, we have an obviously conservative creationist evangelical (whatever) congressman stating what he and EVERYONE ELSE IN THAT CHURCH (i.e. his constituents) believes.

    Both are up for reelection. One is to be ridiculed as not worthy of reelection, eventhough some people in the country (but still a distinct minority) believe what he does. The other is taking in about 50% of the vote in recent pols versus ANOTHER candidate of questionable religious beliefs, according to the educated masses.

    Hal:
    I missed your blogspost on where you did this to bHo for his associations with Wright.

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  6. Kimpost

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  7. Nexus

    And some people I know wonder why I don’t vote Republican…

    On a side note, thumbs up to CM for posting a video of epic coolness!

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  8. Dave D

    Kimpost:

    READ, please. Never said this was not newsworthy, just that the press here overlooks wackiness of their choice. The bHo/Wright thing was virtually ignored by the mainstream media. I also wondered why they are not noting (and ridiculing) the Mormon beliefs of Mitt Romeny. Probably because they have Mormon Harry Reid. Both of these get a pass, while the fundie gets the ridicule.

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  9. Hal_10000 *

    We have a process for that and it will occur on Nov. 6th.

    He’s running unopposed. And what he said is drawing very little comment from the GOP.

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  10. richtaylor365

    And some people I know wonder why I don’t vote Republican…

    You’re joking, right?

    Your critical thinking skills are so limited that you would take one goofball and translate that into a broadbrush condemnation of the entire party, then vote that way? Holy smokes, which begs the obvious retort of providing about a dozen dems who are even dumber and even more misguided and say ,”And this is why I don’t vote Democrat”.

    My only hope is that you never vote, period.

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  11. Nexus

    You’re joking, right?
    Yeah, pretty much.

    Your critical thinking skills are so limited that you would take one goofball and translate that into a broadbrush condemnation of the entire party, then vote that way?
    Nice of you to say.

    My only hope is that you never vote, period.
    Go fuck yourself :)

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  12. Mississippi Yankee

    He’s running unopposed. And what he said is drawing very little comment from the GOP.

    With over half the country identifying it’s self as christian what do you propose the GOP say to this man?
    Because their response to Todd Akin was so effective right?

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  13. richtaylor365

    That is a good point, MY. It does make you wonder how someone so out of touch with science gets put on the House Science Committee, kinda like a pacifist serving on the war committee (do they have such a thing?)

    Although I think this guy is a bit of a goofball, I look at this much like what most politicians do when playing a crowd. Like when both Obama and Biden switch over to ebonics at the drop of a hat. This little diatribe was not orated in the House or a public venue, but in a church, just like saying ,”That Rev. Wright over there is just a swell American”.

    Take away the religious leanings and he is probably just aces on stuff like smaller government, energy independence, a strong military, lower taxes, and getting government off the backs of entrepreneurs.

    The bottom line is this, is he representing the folks of his district to their satisfaction, no other criteria is necessary.

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  14. Hal_10000 *

    With over half the country identifying it’s self as christian what do you propose the GOP say to this man?
    Because their response to Todd Akin was so effective right?

    Half the country identify as Christian. Only a tiny fraction identify as thinking evolution and cosmology are the products of Satan.

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  15. CM

    The bottom line is this, is he representing the folks of his district to their satisfaction, no other criteria is necessary.

    So long as he keeps his religion far away from his role on the Science Committee. But how can he, if he fundamentally believes “that the sciences of embryology, evolution, and the Big Bang are lies straight from the Pit of Hell … lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior”. That undermines science.
    Akin is on the same Committee. Maybe they should just get rid of the pretense and rename it the Anti-Science Committee.

    I have to assume this is all made-up. The alternative is just too depressing to contemplate.
    http://www.salon.com/2012/10/08/least_scientific_members_of_the_house_science_committee/

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