October 9, 2012

This Week In Tolerance: TWIT of the Week Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)


Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ On Rep. Paul Broun: “He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology”


By Roy Steele



Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) is a hot topic in the news this week, after he made controversial remarks in Hartwell, Georgia, during a banquet at Liberty Baptist Church. Broun is a medical doctor, running unopposed for a third term to represent Georgia’s 10th Congressional district.

Iain Thomson at The Register writes:
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell," Broun told the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet last month. "It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior."

As a scientist, he said, he had found evidence that the Earth was quite young – about 9,000 years old, to be accurate – and that it was created within six 24-hour days. Government policy should be ruled by the Bible, he said, claiming that it was a "manufacturer's handbook" that answered all life's questions.

Rep. Broun is a Republican tea bagger, and one of his committee assignments is the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. It’s OUTRAGEOUS  that a US Congressman is sitting on a committee related to science and technology - when he doesn’t believe in science!

This Congressman with a medical degree, and a chemistry degree, is promoting legends and lies as fact - and making a mockery of his office, and the US House of Representatives.

Broun is unequivocally intolerant toward science and facts, which is why he was chosen as our TWIT of the week. There is ample evidence that planet earth, and the universe, was created billions of years ago. When a politician in Congress promotes junk science and pure fiction because of their religious beliefs, they are serving their own narrow interests. Is it any wonder that we have a problem with our education system, when a US Representative promotes this fiction as a fact? 

Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ shared his views of evolution and Rep. Broun’s incendiary remarks with reporter David Freeman of The Huffington Post:
"Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun's views are not in the national interest," Nye told The Huffington Post in an email. "For example, the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old," he continued, contradicting a remark made by Broun later in the video. "He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology."

There is a change.org petition demanding that Rep. Broun be removed from the Science, Space and Technology Committee. As of the time that I am writing this blog post, there are 61,460 signatures on the petition.

This is not the first time that Broun made inflammatory remarks that caught the attention of national press.

In 2008 - he tried to alarm Americans by alleging that President-elect Obama was going to institute a “Marxist style dictatorship with a gestapo-like security force” after he took the oath of office. He proposed a House Resolution in 2010 to make it the “Year of the Bible.”

I propose a House Resolution that requires Paul Broun and all members of Congress to rely on proven facts when they consider legislation, and immediately stop promoting ancient fiction.





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