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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell 1113

First time accepted submitter badford writes "Representative Paul Broun (Georgia Republican) said that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are 'lies straight from the pit of hell' meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. It would not be quite as shocking if Broun did not sit on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. What impact could this have on policy? What impact could this have on STEM education not just in Georgia but all over the U.S.?"
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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

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  • electrion year (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:06PM (#41571243)
    It's an election year. Don't believe anything they say. Republicans this year especially have been saying the craziest crap because they know crazy people are more likely to vote than sane ones, who long ago gave up and decided the world was run by crazy people. Oh, did you just see what I did there? :( This guy has a long list of failures politically and personally (4 marriages)... I suspect he'd wear a pink tutu and sing songs from Little Mermaid if he thought he'd get more votes.
    • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:17PM (#41571361) Homepage

      It's an election year. ... I suspect he'd wear a pink tutu and sing songs from Little Mermaid if he thought he'd get more votes.

      OK, I'm game. I'll pitch in $50 for his re election campaign if he'll do that. Even just the tutu.

    • by Kohath ( 38547 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:30PM (#41571505)

      Electrions are particles that always travel in the direction of the majority. That direction might change, but only in an electrion year.

    • Re:electrion year (Score:5, Informative)

      by bmo ( 77928 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @06:05PM (#41571833)

      >It's an election year. Don't believe anything they say

      He's running unopposed.

      It's what he really thinks. He's not pandering.


    • Re:electrion year (Score:4, Insightful)

      by DJRumpy ( 1345787 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @06:25PM (#41572043)

      Except for the fact that he's running unopposed? In his case it doesn't matter that it's an election year.

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/06/arkansas-republican-slavery-was-blessing-in-disguise-that-rewarded-blacks-with-u-s-citizenship/ [rawstory.com]

    • Re:electrion year (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Daniel Dvorkin ( 106857 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @08:25PM (#41573079) Homepage Journal

      The 60-70% of Americans who are not right-wing nutballs have been making the critical mistake, for quite some time now, of believing that the 30-40% who are right-wing nutballs don't mean what they say, because nobody's really that crazy, right? I mean, maybe a few people, but not tens of millions of them, right? Right?

      Except that yes, they are. And while they may be a minority in absolute terms, there are enough of them to constitute a majority of the Republican Party--which means that roughly half of the American political establishment is under the absolute control of these loons. Non-crazy Republicans, of whom there are still quite a few, have wilfully blinded themselves to this situation, and continue to vote to give the nutballs power. The only way to stop this is for the rest of America, the slim majority (hopefully) which is not in the thrall of either ideology or party loyalty, to recognize what's going on, unify against the nutballs and all who associate with them, and send them back to the fringes where they belong.

      • Re:electrion year (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Grayhand ( 2610049 ) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @02:54AM (#41575003)
        This is about power and control. They aren't trying to control their behavior or beliefs of people like them they want to control the rest of us. It's out of fear. Their beliefs can't survive the acid test of "what if I'm wrong" so they don't want anyone posing the question in the first place. It's why the church suppressed science for so long. People that believe this is about religious freedom are living in a fools paradise. The fanatically religious don't want religious freedom they want everyone to be forced to follow THEIR beliefs. Right wing conservatives are far more dangerous than any terrorist group. They are over here and they have power and worst of all they are very organized. They control through fear. Anyone that tells you to be afraid of everyone and everything that isn't like them or their beliefs is dangerous and a threat to our way of life!
  • by dpilot ( 134227 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:08PM (#41571259) Homepage Journal

    It's on the internet. The fundamental enabling technology for the internet is the semiconductor. The semiconductor is a child of quantum mechanics - there is no classical behavior that would predict it. Even though quantum mechanics are present in all chemistry and even vacuum tubes, those both have classical behavior that can be seen with the naked eye, and appreciated without quantum mechanics.

    Semiconductors can't. They're "Devil Science", just like those others.

  • by firex726 ( 1188453 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:11PM (#41571287)

    I wonder what he would think of the Pope saying that there is no conflict between the theory of evolution and church doctrine.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_evolution#Pope_John_Paul_II [wikipedia.org]

  • Even more reason (Score:5, Informative)

    by Aryden ( 1872756 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:14PM (#41571309)
    Why I believe that we need to do a great deal of redistricting and add more congress-critters. 435 people are just not enough to get a decent cross section or represent enough of the U.S. How can 1 person represent an average of 716,000 people.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:14PM (#41571325)

    I know it's scary to think that this fellow will be making technology decisions for the rest of us, but just voting against him doesn't solve the problem.

    It takes generations of well educated people to slough off these ridiculous old world superstitions. He probably has very nice salt-of-the-earth parents who worked hard all their lives and mis-attributed their success and happiness as gifts from a deity. A paycheck for living "good lives."

    But in every generation kids question everything their parents stand for, adopting some, discarding others. If we keep educating them, if they see enough of the wide world to know that the only justice is what we make, that their are billions of people living good lives who believe completely different things, then they'll see through these lies, and pass along a different subset of their beliefs to their kids.

    It's too late to fix this guy. if you want to vote out his successors, vote against ignorance; vote some of your hard earned money toward education. My parents did, and that's why this guy is now in the minority.

  • Depressing (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Emetophobe ( 878584 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:15PM (#41571327)

    He sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

    This makes me angry and depressed at the same time.

  • by Yoik ( 955095 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:16PM (#41571341) Journal

    You can't really reach a consensus on many issues when such differences exist. Democracy makes the Majority "right" so it is important not to let their views go unchallenged.

  • by ffoiii ( 226358 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:19PM (#41571379) Homepage
    His brain is not connected to a single rational thought, but he is a fucking elected congressman.
  • by gestalt_n_pepper ( 991155 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:20PM (#41571397)

    It's entirely possible to have a well developed sense of the divine (without knowing exactly what it is and understanding that it may be entirely neurological) and be entirely free of Christianity, Islam, or any other fan club affiliation that requires an unproven belief in invisible friends, holy war, talking snakes, ritual blood drinking and/or body eating or additional taxation in the form of tithing.


  • by Luminary Crush ( 109477 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:20PM (#41571403)

    ... is that it's true whether you believe in it, or not.

  • Obligitory XKCD (Score:5, Informative)

    by Burning1 ( 204959 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:27PM (#41571467) Homepage
  • People like him... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:28PM (#41571477)

    ... have declared war on the rest of us. They have declared war on modern society.

    And no, there isn't any reasoning with these people, the Dominionists. They are stone cold nuts and they even use the vocabulary of war in their screeds. Any attempt to reason with them is assuming that they are capable of rational thought. They are not. Deep down, they actually and truly believe that science is *the* enemy. It is a position that is beyond the reach of any rational thought, so ridicule is the only tool left. If given half a chance, they would drag us back to pre-inudustrial society with just the Bible as the sole text.

    He needs to be held up to ridicule from sea to shining sea.

    Give him a piece of your mind https://www.facebook.com/brounforcongress [facebook.com]


  • by Hentes ( 2461350 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:30PM (#41571499)

    Curiously, the Big Bang theory was often attacked for being "religious", that is stating that the Universe didn't always exist but was created a finite time ago.

  • Bias like this (Score:5, Informative)

    by nurb432 ( 527695 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:31PM (#41571517) Homepage Journal

    Should invalidate him to serve on that particular committee.

  • by tsa ( 15680 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:37PM (#41571581) Homepage

    People like this guy are worse than terrorist. A terrorist attack makes at most tens of thousands of people suffer. These Christian fundamentalists in high places can make sure that 100s of thousands of children don't get enough chances in life because they don't get the education they need.

    • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:42PM (#41571617) Homepage

      I was going to offer a completely different comment until I saw your comment.

      They are not worse than terrorists. They *ARE* terrorists. The whole point of religion is to prey on fear. The wrath of god and the requirement of death and suffering for sins is written throughout. It is entirely about punishment for thinking wrong, acting wrong, dressing wrong and even eating wrong... and don't even look the wrong way lest ye be turned to salt.

      The wrath of the loving god is all around us and we must repent or forever live in the jewish trash dump which has somehow become the "hell" we know and love today.

      If ever there was a group of people who prey on others through terror...

  • by Fuzzums ( 250400 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:42PM (#41571615) Homepage

    ... republican inquisition!

  • An Apology (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nidi62 ( 1525137 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @05:55PM (#41571751)
    As a native and resident of the state of Georgia, let me apologize to the Slashdot community on behalf of this representative. I can assure you that he does not represent my district. Also, I went to a Magnet high school that was focused on math, science, and technology, so there is a significant number of Georgia residents that do not actually believe that evolution, the big bang (maybe The Big Bang Theory, but that's another topic), and genetics are not, in fact, tricks and lies of Satan.
  • heres a link (Score:4, Informative)

    by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @09:11PM (#41573375) Homepage

    to the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge64kMFoQEo [youtube.com]

    in case you're like me wondering what species of slime mold a "Paul Broun" is,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Broun#Controversies [wikipedia.org]

    unfortunately i have not found a web page to explain how this mouth-breathing brain-dead no-talent ass-clown continues to cash a government paycheck. I've been to Atlanta, and its people are quite intelligent, unfortunately theyre outnumbered by the hicks in the sticks straddling mobility scooters and sucking down big macs as usual.

  • by DroidFreak ( 2668153 ) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @01:48PM (#41577465) Homepage
    He's the kind of person that gives Christianity a bad name. I am a Christian. I support Intelligent Design. But I don't deny Common Descent and I certainly don't deny the Big Bang. The Big Bang is conclusive evidence FOR a creator! You can't claim that the universe is all that exists when it's plain as day that it had a beginning. This guy is just an anti-scientist, he's not worthy of the Christian faith or of the Republican party.

You will never amount to much. -- Munich Schoolmaster, to Albert Einstein, age 10