So, I have a question…

Why is Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) the Chairman of the US Committee on Science, Space and Technology? This Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight has general and special investigative authority on all matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Did you see or hear about his religious rant recently at a speech given at the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia on September 27th?

He said that evolution and the big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

These were also his words:

“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” said Broun, who is an MD. “It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

He continued:

“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

Are you freaking kidding me? This whack job is the head of our US Committee on Science, Space and Technology? Guess what, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is also a member of this committee – remember him? He is the asshole that said women don’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because their bodies have “ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

….I am at a loss for words… literally… What’s next? Are we going to change our science text books to reflect that the Earth is the center of the Universe around which the sun revolves? I guess we should disregard 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and forgo women’s rights too?

How do these people get into office and places of authority?

Sorry, but this stuff needs to be talked about… it is downright scary for a simple college educated guy like me that wants to see my children grow up in a balanced and moderate world. Yes it is okay to believe in whatever you want; in fact, believe in a head of lettuce if you think it is going to save your soul; but when you hold a high level of office that debates and settles national matters on science and space technology; can we at least get people who don’t believe dinosaurs and man walked together on earth 9,000 years ago?

… and in other news, a 100 million year old spider preserved in amber was discovered recently…

John C. Bader

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