As an überconservative Republican and Christian Dominionist fundie, Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) is no fan of science. It makes him nervous. Evolution, embryology, the Big Bang … all that icky SCIENCE stuff, said Broun last month (to a rapt audience of Baptists), is a “lie straight from the pit of Hell” designed to erode Christians’ faith in Jesus Christ … probably because Broun’s an idiot who sincerely believes that the Earth is only 9,000 years old. You really have to wonder how this guy actually got a seat on the House SCIENCE, Space and Technology Committee. Scientists are definitely wondering about it, arguing that anyone who rejects widely-accepted scientific ideas should probably be on the I Eat Paste And Run With Scissors Committee instead.
Rep. Broun is actually a medical doctor, if you can believe it, and his district includes the University of Georgia in Athens, so there have to be some educated folks living there. You just wouldn’t know it from some of the ridiculous crud Broun has been yammering about to his fellow science-hating, Bible-clutching Baptist brethren.
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