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.