Rep. Broun Spouts Off on Evolution, Big Bang


Watch out Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, Louis Gohmert and Allen West — Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia is staking his claim to the title of the dumbest person in Congress after telling an audience that evolution and the big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

By the way, Broun is a doctor and a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee — along with Todd Akin, Roscoe Bartlett and a few other cognitively impaired legislators.

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  1. raven says

    Congress after telling an audience that evolution and the big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

    He also had embryology on his hate list.

    Everyone is trying to figure out why he hates embryology. It’s thought that this field contradicts the Stork Theory of Reproduction.

  2. blf says

    Everyone is trying to figure out why he hates embryology.

    It has more than zero syllables and hence is far beyond his range.

    And it takes too many crayons to color in.

  3. Michael Heath says

    Let’s also not ignore Rep. Broun’s pronouncement at the end of this video clip where he submits to biblical edicts for his public policy guidance, in spite of such being in direct frequent violation of the U.S. Constitution on many controversial issues where conservative Christians support their dogma contra to the Constitution. This assertion also has this Representative effectively and traitorously abandoning the oath of office he took to defend the U.S. Constitution.

    A member of Congress who is committed to promoting and passing legislation in direct violation of their Constitutional duties is a liar, and I think, a particularly repugnant form of traitor.

    And notice how he denies and deflects the facts science finds with those beliefs of his which science has convincingly falsified. He’s not psychologically capable of confronting inconvenient facts so he claims those who challenge his false view of reality need Jesus as their savior. He’s effective promoting Jesus as heroin; he’ll wipe away your critical thinking skills and give you a nice delusional, sheepish, slavish, childish buzz-on. The last three all being straight from the Bible.

    oblivious buzz.
    I bring this up because in 2004 I was a vocal meat-world supporter of John Kerry because of the threat of a 2nd Bush term. A response I got back three to four times after the other person’s premises in support of Bush were revealed to not be true, was that I needed to give my life to Jesus in order to understand why I should vote for President Bush instead of Sen. Kerry. That I was spiritually blind. Now that’s some heavy-duty projection going on there; that I should get my own delusional buzz-on.

  4. Ellie says

    Embryology is a lie? So, should one assume that this person, allegedly a physician, ascribes to the old theory that every sperm contains a tiny embryo? And this person actually took care of patients? Are any of them still alive?

  5. wbenson says

    @ raven: Rep. Broun may be a wingnut but he is also a certified M.D. In his talk he complains about the lies he was “taught about evolution and embryology.” In all probability he is referring to the thesis of that atheist devil, evolutionist Ernst Haeckel. Haeckel, who admittedly used a few crude drawings in his 1874 popular book on (gasp) the evolution of man, called ‘fraud’ by creationists and others with axes to grind, was defending von Baer’s pre-Darwinian concept of embryonic divergence in the light of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Modern biology books present updated drawings that perfectly support von Baer’s and Haeckel’s observations: early embryos from fish to mammals are disturbingly similar, but diverge and morph into new traits specific to their taxonomic groupings as development advances. This morphing often shadows the general outlines presented in the fossils. Broun, however, has no issue with embryology as a science . . . so long as all admit that embryology has nothing to do with evolution, that the fertilized egg is a person, and that abortion is murder.

  6. eric says

    Heath:

    Let’s also not ignore Rep. Broun’s pronouncement at the end of this video clip where he submits to biblical edicts for his public policy guidance

    Its an own goal. While I hate the thought of this guy on the House science committee, I’d much rather have this sort of creationist talking in public than the cagey ones. Folks like Broun are part of the reason creationists keep losing in court.

    wbenson:

    @ raven: Rep. Broun may be a wingnut but he is also a certified M.D.

    I still remember a conversation with a friend’s husband, back when I started grad school in chemistry. “Chemistry?” he said. “I really liked that when I was an undergrad. But I switched to pre-med and became a doctor because quantum mechanics was too difficult – pre-med only required the first two years of chemistry.” Now I think about that every time I go in for a check-up. Sometimes it keeps me up at night the evening before a check-up. :)

  7. typecaster says

    CDB @8 – Well, the majority party leadership is responsible for nominating the chairmen of committees, so it’s not entirely fair to blame the entire Congress for that appointment.

    chriscormwell @2 – That petition is expressing the right opinion, but I’d put long odds against it making any sort of difference at all. Who in the current House leadership feels any realistic political pressure from that sort of document? It seems likely that people who would sign it aren’t going to vote Republican

  8. typecaster says

    Rep. Broun may be a wingnut but he is also a certified M.D.

    Reminds me of the old joke.

    Q. What do you call the guy who graduated from medical school at the bottom of his class?

    A. Doctor.

  9. says

    eric “I still remember a conversation with a friend’s husband, back when I started grad school in chemistry. ‘Chemistry?’ he said. ‘I really liked that when I was an undergrad. But I switched to pre-med and became a doctor because quantum mechanics was too difficult – pre-med only required the first two years of chemistry.’ Now I think about that every time I go in for a check-up. Sometimes it keeps me up at night the evening before a check-up. :)”
    It’d be worse if medical doctors did take quantum physics. Then you could and could not have every disease simultaneously. Imagine the tests!

  10. otrame says

    Nepenthe @6

    I was saving this highly polished internet for a rainy day, but you just earned it.

    _______

    typecaster @11

    When my ex was in medical school they used to say the upper third of the class would become researchers, the middle third would become good doctors and the lowest third would become rich.

  11. lancifer says

    eric,

    As a university math and physics instructor I frequently encounter people on their way to medical school that are only barely competent in math and physics. They are not required to take calculus or the calculus based physics.

    My personal physician is a bright guy, but you needn’t be a genius to be a competent physician.

    That said, Broun sounds like a moron that I wouldn’t allow to de-worm my cat.

  12. says

    The problem isn’t that he’s dumb. He probably isn’t. It’s that there’s no need for someone to throw off this kind of indoctrination in order to get elected. And that there’s a constituency that’s is pleased to hear a candidate say this.

  13. kemist, Dark Lord of the Sith says

    @lancifer

    I remember seeing a few years ago a paper where an MD, probably an MD – PhD, essentially reinvented the Riemann sum.

    It’s bad enough that nobody in his team remembered such a basic calculus concept, but what’s even more disturbing when you realise that none of the reviewers of the paper remarked on it.

  14. lancifer says

    Kemist,

    First there is the WTF of reviewers of a scientific journal not knowing what a Riemann sum is, and then there is the question of why a paper on mathematics was submitted to a medical journal?

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