Sunday, October 07, 2012

Evolution and embryology are lies, says US Congressman in House of Representatives' Committee on Science

Paul Broun believes that evolution, embryology and the big bang theory are lies straight from the pit of hell.

Normally I wouldn't care much, as everyone is entitled to believe pathetic crap that has no supporting evidence - my dad loves me, my iguana understands what I'm saying, what I do at work actually matters, Coldplay are a great band - that sort of thing.  But Paul Broun is a Representative, which is to say he has been invited to work as a Congressman in Washington where he is supposed to make decisions on how the country should be run.

Not only that, but he is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which has, and I quote from its website,
...jurisdiction over all energy research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor, and all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories; astronautical research and development, including resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities; civil aviation research and development; environmental research and development; marine research; commercial application of energy technology; National Institute of Standards and Technology, standardization of weights and measures and the metric system; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Science Foundation; National Weather Service; outer space, including exploration and control thereof; science scholarships; scientific research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor. The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to non-military research and development.
How can a man who doesn't even believe science exists - or if it does, it exists only as a pack of lies made up by people trying to deny him a savior - be in charge of science spending? 

He says he is a scientist, but if so, his definition of science is as crazy as the rest of his thought processes.’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth is but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days, as we know them. That’s what the bible says!
Paul Broun and his ilk is the reason why most of the planet averts its eyes and changes the subject when people talk about America. The rest of the world pretends to listen to the US only because it has half the nuclear weapons on the planet, spends as much on its military as the next fifteen nations put together (half the world's budget for dealing death is spent by America) and is so totally, irrevocably, eyeball-rotating insane that the world has to pay attention unless it gets wished to the cornfield by its batshit "leader". 

Chairman Hall should man up and dismiss Broun before he can do any more damage on behalf of his giant bearded sky fairy.  It certainly makes you hope that multiculturalism spreads to the House quickly - not that Hindus, Taoists or Moslems who get elected are any more likely to be sane, but at least they'll be crazy in different directions and perhaps dilute out the Bible-bashers. 

Not that all Christians are crazy. This one, for instance, has worked out that spending unbelievable amounts of money on devices that kill village women trying to gather firewood in the morning might not be what the Gospels were actually exhorting Christians to spend their lives doing. It doesn't seem to be a popular message, though. The joke when I was a kid was that people would study their Bibles looking for loopholes; nowadays the trend is to study the Bible looking for the weirdest, most out-there statement that can be found, take it out of context and then grind it in to everyone. Note that Paul Broun doesn't take the whole Bible literally - that would be silly. For instance, he's on his fourth wife. Perhaps he found a loophole. 

Broun is one of those people that give the lie to the easy phrase, "People can believe anything they want; it doesn't affect me." Yes it does - this moron is one of those in charge of the government's entire science and technology budget. And there's lots of these crazies in government. In this article in Slate, William Saletan reveals the "the Republican plan to nullify the courts and establish Christian theocracy". The video shows the then presidential candidates at a "family forum" in November 2011, discussing their need to dismantle the judiciary and bring in Biblical law. (It starts at about 26 minutes, after the prayers.)

Some quotes: 
Those of us that are people of faith and strong faith have allowed the nonfaith element to intimidate us into not fighting back. I believe we’ve been too passive. We have maybe pushed back, but as people of faith, we have not fought back. --Herman Cain 
American exceptionalism is grounded on the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is really based upon the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments were the foundation for our law. That’s what Blackstone said—the English jurist—and our founders looked to Blackstone for the foundation of our law. That’s our law . . . I have a biblical worldview. And I think, going back to the Declaration of Independence, the fact that it’s God who created us—if He created us, He created government. And the government is on His shoulders, as the book of Isaiah says. --Michele Bachmann
Unlike Islam, where the higher law and the civil law are the same, in our case, we have civil laws. But our civil laws have to comport with the higher law. … As long as abortion is legal—at least according to the Supreme Court—legal in this country, we will never have rest, because that law does not comport with God’s law. . . The idea that the only things that the states are prevented from doing are only things specifically established in the Constitution is wrong. Our country is based on a moral enterprise. Gay marriage is wrong. --Rick Santorum
By the way, the backdrop of hundreds of disembodied deer heads on the wall in the first video is bizarre, isn't it! Who does their decor?

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