Ignorance Illustrated: U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R, GA)
Medical doctor, former airplane mechanic and member of the U.S. House Paul Broun from the great state of Georgia has announced the theories of evolution and the big bang are “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” WC can’t make this stuff up.
This idiot is the chair of the House Science Committee’s panel on investigations and oversight. Is it any wonder that U.S. students are slipping in knowledge of science? Is it any surprise that U.S. fourth graders from Georgia are in the bottom quartile in the nation? Would you let this clown practice medicine on your body? How can this nut job be running unopposed?
What is happening to our country that voters will elect someone who relies for his scientific knowledge on a badly translated, mutually inconsistent series of stories written, in the best case, by guys who thought the sun rotated around the earth, that the earth was flat and that all the animal species on the planet would fit on a small boat. Faith is not knowledge. Faith is a poor substitute for knowledge when it comes to understanding geology, biology, astronomy and physics.
We scorn Sunni Muslims because by their interpretation of their sacred texts, women cannot be permitted to drive automobiles. Yet a substantial minority – WC hopes it is still a minority – think the Christian Bible is literally true.
If this doesn’t make you worry about the future of our country, WC respectfully suggests you are not paying attention.
Update: The Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald reports Meredith Griffanti, a spokeswoman for Rep. Broun, referred to the video in this brief, emailed statement: “Dr. Broun was speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues.” WC thinks this apologia/retraction/spin speaks for itself.