Despite thousands voting for Darwin, crazy creationist Paul Broun is STILL in Congress

THE bullshit brush, wielded with such vigour by US voters in the presidential election, managed to sweep a lot of wingnuts out of the political arena, but alas Georgia State Representative  Paul Broun was not one of them.

Congressman Broun is a medical doctor and member of the federal Science and Technology Committee, and this is what he recently had to say about the Big Bang and evolutionary theory:

God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the big bang theory; all of that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.

Congressman Paul Broun and a bunch of dead animals.  Click on pic to hear this bullshit merchant expound his biblical beliefs.

Broun, who was lecturing a group of Christians at a sportsmen’s banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell added:

You see, there’s a lot of scientific data that I’ve found as a scientist that this really is a young earth. I don’t believe that the earth is but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was made in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible tells us.

He also went on at length about his other great passion: hunting. He told the group that his office was decorated with hunting trophies, and that he once shot a bear in the heart, but it kept running for approximately 15 minutes.

How that bear did that, I don’t know.

Well, this was all too much for University of Georgia biologist Jim Leebens-Mack, who started a Facebook campaign urging voters to write Charles Darwin’s name on ballot papers – and around 4,000 people did.

Leebens-Mack  said:

I’d think the Republican Party would want to put a serious legislator in this seat rather than have Paul Broun.

But because Broun was running virtually unopposed, it made no difference to the result. Broun is STILL a Congressman.

In addition to 4,000  or so votes for Darwin, hundreds of others wrote in Brian Russell Brown, who was running solely as a write-in candidate, as well as fictitious cartoon and movie characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Big Bird.

One voter also reportedly wrote in:

A Human Being with a Brain or at least not a Religious Fanatic.

Sara Baker of Athens, Georgia, said:

 I voted for Charles because the country needs to know we are not all idiots down here.

In addition to serving in Congress and participating in the federal Science and Technology Committee, Broun works as a medical doctor. He says he felt “the Lord” had led him to run for office in the 1990s, but it was not until 2007 that he succeeded in his election efforts. He warned:

I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, DC, and I’ll continue to do that.

22 responses to “Despite thousands voting for Darwin, crazy creationist Paul Broun is STILL in Congress”

  1. RabbitOnAStick says:

    I think it’s a very serious issue that this man a congressman helping deciding the political direction and fate of the most powerful nation on this planet. In such a person, to believe the world is only 9000 years old and the bible is the word of gawd [without question] shows a very serious mental imbalance.

    I hope beyond hope that evolution will sort him and all these people out.

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    Don’t worry, social evolution is in the process of sorting the US out in entirety as we speak.

  3. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Matt I hope you are right.
    But I am not so sure.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    It’s Sarah Palin in drag.

  5. PowerThinkerGuy says:

    U.S.A isn’t as strong as China, but what is true is that if the right leaders aren’t picked it could crumble at any moment.

  6. Stonyground says:

    It is obvious that idiots like Broun have only the most superficial knowledge of the Bible. Young Earth creationism is far from being the most ridiculous concept in the Bible. If he really believes that it is the word of God and completely true he has to believe that the world is stationary at the centre of the universe, and that the universe revolves around the Earth, which not only flat but both round and square. Rabbits and hares are ruminants, insects have four feet, snakes eat dust and bats are birds. Any primary school graduate knows that this stuff is tripe.

    The Earth was made in six days, the rest of the universe was made in six words, “And he made the stars also”.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Did others spot this load of idiotic rubbish* on the same site, from Michael Margarbage?

    (*Sorry – I meant to say “this astute political analysis” – silly me!)

  8. barriejohn says:

    Stonyground: I know Christians who very nearly come in their pants over those very words. “That just shows the awesome power of God!”, they exclaim. But don’t forget that Broun and co also believe that on at least TWO occasions JHWH stopped the rotation of the earth without harmful effects. (Of course, he can do that, and more, because he can make miracles happen!). I even had books that “proved” that precisely 24hrs “extra time” (adding the two events together, natch) had been added since “the creation of the earth”. Yes – these nutjobs swallow it all, hook, line and sinker, and I don’t think that you unbelievers appreciate just how stupid some of their beliefs actually are!

  9. barriejohn says:

    What really happened on that special day? As with all miracles, it is futile to speculate with scientific theories. The details are unclear, but we know that God could have refracted the light, or slowed the earth’s rotation, or stopped the entire universe–all with equal ease!

    Time stopped for Joshua, and it ran backwards for Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:9-11).

    God used this event as a special sign to show Hezekiah that he would regain his health. The sun’s shadow moved backwards by ten steps, probably five to six hours on the sundial. That is, the sun appeared to move eastward instead of westward. The conclusion is again the same, that such a miracle is beyond scientific explanation.

    See? That’s the level of lunacy that you’re dealing with!

  10. the Woggler says:

    A two thousand year dead man versus a two hundred year dead man? We’re there no living candidates? (Other than Broun, who was clearly JC’s proxy).

  11. Matt Westwood says:

    @Woggler: Wake up at the back – Mickey Mouse, of course.

  12. Robster says:

    What? Nine thousand years, I thought it was six thousand. These brain dead twits need to get their “facts” soughted out. Jees, you wouldn’t want to see this silly “doctor” for any more than a cold.

  13. Georgina says:

    One must also wonder whether this stupid ‘doctor’ accepts the teachings of Ignaz P. Semmelweis?

    Personaly, I would never permit anyone who dismisses evolution & embryology to get anywhere near my family and friends.

  14. RabbitOnAStick says:

    did anyone else watch the [old ] Dawkins documentary film on religion etc [sorry can’t recall the name of it may have been a C4 film] where he goes to israel the US and Britain to meet a fundie xtian, a converted mussie (from a joo) and a Hendon or Golders Green joo.

    The US fundie was just mental, unbalanced and quite scary. He threatened Dawkins in the car park. Later this fundie church leader had to apologise to his flock for having had sex with prostitutes and stealing all their money etc. He was clearly deeply disturbed. And shows what fundie xtains are like in the US. They are seriously close to the taliban they’re the same in my opinion.
    The converted joo mussie just wanted to kill everyone else (non mussies of course) and was clearly in need of democratically necessitated euthanasia.

    Surprisingly the only ‘normal’ one of the three was the north london joo. he believed the earth was only 6,000 years old. But he was the only one who came across as a [reasonably] normal human being. The other two were deranged and very very dangerous.

  15. remigius says:

    RoaS. The program was Enemies of Reason, and the fundie was our old friend Ted Haggard, the homophobic gay pastor.

  16. RabbitOnAStick says:

    thanks. Yes it was really good wasn’t it?
    I think he does froth at the mouth doesn’t he? blagguard

  17. remigius says:

    RoaS. Several years ago I ordered the complete set of DVD’S from the Richard Dawkins website. They contain the full interviews, rather that just the few minutes that made it into the TV program. Well worth watching.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Ted Haggard? That was a RENT BOY, and he was buying drugs from him (which he then threw away!). He wasn’t actually stealing from his flock, unless you count taking money under false pretences, though he then got involved in some dubious get-rich-quick scheme which looked suspiciously like pyramid selling (what a surprise). BTW, he’s back in business already, to the disgust of many of his former associates, and calling Richard Dawkins “arrogant” – hahahahahahaha!!! He has been misrepresented:

  19. barriejohn says:

    I notice that “steadfastly heterosexual” Haggard now claims that he didn’t actually believe everything that he threw at Dawkins, but that he was winding him up in an attempt to ridicule him. That makes him look even more of a slime-ball than before, though you’d never guess it from the comments appended to that video. However, just try adding something critical of the grinning ninny yourself and you’ll soon see the reason for that! This is much better:

  20. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Thanks. But I like the second video best.
    The first video seems to have some tosser in a cardigan having a bad hair day.