Evolution, the Big Bang — LIES from the Pit of Hell!

It probably wouldn’t shock anyone if you heard that some wingnut dufus said that in public. What’s becoming even more disturbingly acceptable is this particular dufus sits on the House Science Committee. Ethan Seigal does the honors:

Starts with a Bang— Earlier today, a video (from last month) was released where one of the members of the US House of Representative — a member who sits on the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology – proudly proclaimed the following:

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the big bang theory; all of that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” -Paul Broun

Well, if the Big Bang is a lie from the pit of hell, then the Universe itself is lying to us, and I’m a liar repeating those lies that it tells us about itself. Here’s why.

Oh my fucking God Mr. Broun, you poor, mislead, self-flagellating hunk of wasted heterogeneous eukaryotes. I can’t even despise you, all I can muster is a dismal species of pity. To think that this cosmos labored mightily for billions of years from Big Bang to hypernova just to cook up the iron atoms in the blood that is feeding your feeble brain makes me thankful there is no God. Because if there were a super intelligent entity that created the universe from quasar to butterfly over untold eons, each intricate and exquisite nested process unfolding across scales as small as a quark and larger than a galactic super cluster, creatures like yourself would be more than enough reason for s/he to hit the reset button on the entire human race.

You know, our ancestors had a damn good excuse for their ignorance: they were trapped in antiquity, they had to crawl out of an intellectual black-hole by their wits and successive generations of dedicated and fearless people. Many of whom paid with their lives after the obligatory torture for daring to ask Why. It’s understandable that a lot of people living today haven’t caught up to the profound discoveries and elegant explanations of the greatest story ever told, the story of us and our universe. People today spend half their lives just getting up to speed on what’s known before they devote the rest of their years to furthering our knowledge in a single narrow field.

And we have inherited all of it, what a gift they have given us! With the click of a mouse we can explore the inner workings of a cell on the molecular level, or watch sizzling jets of particles blast from the poles of a supermassive black-hole. We stand high on their shoulders and are shown the wonders of time and space and life that would have left our forefathers trembling in awe.

But you’re doing this on purpose, Mr. Broun, you and your kind have no excuse, you are fanning the bonfire of 21st century right-wing ignorance — which needs fanning at this particular place and time like napalm needs a blowtorch. Handing over the riches of the cosmos for nothing more than a handful of silver via online donations from your victims and a brief moment in the dim light of stupidity on youTube. What a miserable, wretched trade you have made.


  1. No Light says

    He’s on the committee for Space, Science and Tech?

    He’s on the committee for Space, Science and Tech?

    America frightens me. I mean, we had our own Dark Ages here in Europe, but we sort of had an excuse.

    How can there be any excuses for this backward line of thinking here in 2012? Like you said, the proof is everywhere, in beautiful clarity, for everyone from five years old and up.

    Anyone who can pick up a book, or turn on any device with a browser, can see the whole universe deconstructed before their eyes.

    There’s no excuse.

    This militant dominionist course that the country seems to be on is in danger of rocketing it back toward the Middle Ages.

    I worry for you all.

  2. Stacy says

    He’s on the committee for Space, Science and Tech?

    Todd Akin is also on that committee.

    Oh, and the Chairman of that committee, Ralph Hall?

    He said this about global warming:

    “I’m really more fearful of freezing. And I don’t have any science to prove that. But we have a lot of science that tells us they’re not basing it on real scientific facts.”

  3. No Light says

    Todd “They’re performing abortions on women who aren’t pregnant” Akin?

    Christ on a crumpet.

    We’ve got our first right-wing government since the late 90s (with the requisite Christian whiners), and they look like communists compared to the current US House and Senate.

    As for “I’m more scared of freezing”, aww shit that’s stupid. He needs to be put on some of the last remaining ice floe and set adrift.

  4. mikeyb says

    This explains it all (from wikipedia):


    “Paul Collins Broun, Jr. (born May 14, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 10th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party and the Tea Party Caucus.”

    And a personal note:

    Broun has a son with his fourth wife Nikki and two daughters from previous marriages.

  5. sunsangnim says

    I didn’t realize embryology was on the denial list. Just add that to evolution, climate change, cosmology, relativity, ecology, economics, BLS jobs numbers, and Obama’s birth certificate.

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