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.
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.
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.