By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
Washington (CNN) – A U.S. congressman is attracting attention and criticism for an online video that shows him blasting evolution and the Big Bang theory as “lies from the pit of hell” in a recent speech at a church event in his home state of Georgia.
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” U.S Rep. Paul Broun said in an address last month at a banquet organized by Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Broun, a medical doctor by training, serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Speaking at Liberty Baptist Church’s Sportsman’s Banquet on September 27, he said that “a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth.”
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“I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old,” Broun said in the speech, which Liberty Baptist Church posted on its website via YouTube. “I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says."
Scientists say that the Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old and that the universe dates back 13.7 billion years.
In his speech to the church group, Broun called the Bible the “the manufacturer’s handbook. … It teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in our society.”
“That’s the reason, as your congressman, I hold the holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the congressman, Meredith Griffanti, said that Broun was not available for comment on Wednesday and that the video showed him “speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues.”
The congressman’s remarks about science have drawn attention online, with critics taking aim at his role on the science committee.
Bill Nye, the popular science personality, told the Huffington Post in an e-mail that "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."
"For example, the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old," said Nye, a mechanical engineer and television personality best known for his program "Bill Nye the Science Guy." Broun "is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology."
Talking Points Memo reported on the church video over the weekend after being tipped off by the Bridge Project, a progressive group that tracks conservative activity.
Most creationists believe in the account of the origins of the world as told in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
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In the creation account, God creates Adam and Eve, the world and everything in it in six days.
For Christians who read the Genesis account literally, or authoritatively as they would say, the six days in the account are literal 24-hour periods and leave no room for evolution. Young Earth creationists use this construct and biblical genealogies to determine the age of the Earth and typically come up with 6,000 to 10,000 years.
The Gallup Poll has been tracking Americans' views on creation and evolution for 30 years. In June, it released its latest findings, which showed that 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution.
– CNN's Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.
"Broun, a medical doctor by training, serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
"I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says."
What the? Is this some kind of a joke?
Unbelievable. Now I've heard everything.
I know. I know.
Are you denying the bible as the truth!? Think carefully about youre answer.
That's right, bobbert; it's a book of tales compiled by storytellers. Truth has nothing to do with it.
science is golden.
bobbert, i went to class and actually loved what i learned. i wont even talk about the laws of thermodynamics as it really would put the wonder to rest but if you want to know a truth, there are books out there. really? i am serious.
Bobbert: I thought about it, and yes, the Bible is not the truth. At least the way that it's interpreted by the right wing fanatics of which you appear to be a member.
Are you denying the bible as the truth!? Think carefully about youre answer.
Truth is most often used to mean in accord with fact or reality. Do you consider Mythology to be the truth?
"Bobbert – Are you denying the bible as the truth!? Think carefully about youre answer."
oh there are some parts that can be considered historically accurate in terms of archeaology with regards to some names, places and such but walking on water? yeah im calling BS.
I wonder how he views and treats drug resistant infections in his patients, because they are a textbook example of natural selection.
We can only base our theories on the facts that we currently have. Unfortunately, the knowledge man has is an infinitesimal mote compared to the knowledge he does not yet possess. Therefore, asserting that your personal theory is absolutely correct, be it based on religion, science or tea leaves, is ignorant. Sadly, Christianity (and most religions) require ignorance to succeed. But what do you expect from a religion that has a god who evolved from demanding daily ritual sacrifices to being completely hiddden from us, who went from ultra-violent to a pacifist, who favored the Jews but then dumped them for Christians, who created imperfect beings and then wants to torture them for all eternity for their imperfections, and who thinks the world is a giant Etch-a-Sketch and when his creation isn't to his liking just erases it and starts over with a family of incest?
And Americans vote for guys like this and a Party the believes this nonsence. No wonder Republicans are becoming more and more stupid. They don't believe in science. Any yes, that have at lease 150 million supporters in America. Go figure.
I agree. I agree.
Of course God made their computer for them so they could express themselves HAHAHA
morons or mormons. I see such similarity in the wording.
That is where the word came from, Joesph Smith who started the Mormon religion ate spoors off a cow patties and then climbed a mountain and spoke with an angel named Moroni.
I just learned about the mormon underwear and can't believe it. and to think a magic underwear individual might be in charge of the country along with a medically trained politician in charge of science and technology who.......(just read those comments.
I just wonder about this country sometimes. next will be highlander II, welcome to planet zeist.
The earth is only about 6,000 years old. All those layers of rock and fossils and ratios of radioactive elements were placed there by God to tempt us into believing in 4 billions years of evolution. I'm not sure why God would want to fool us, but maybe the Creationists can explain.
They were put there by satin to deceve us. Of corse you beleve man over the word of GOD.
Satan planted all that stuff just to confuse us! Oh that crazy guy!
" They were put there by satin to deceve us"
Satin is ebil! Silk is the way to go.
"They were put there by satin to deceve us"
question,....how did satan get the power to make this stuff? how come he has god like powers?
Bobbert – So "satin" (a textile weave that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back.) the evil lord of textiles, went to quite a bit of effort to "plant fake fossils" ,"fake sedimentary rock layers" and then "hid" all evidence proving god's existence, just to confuse mankind????? And he did that LONG before mankind even existed, huh? WOW! Now THAT has got to be the wierdist, wackiest and most ridiculous conspiracy theory I have EVER HEARD!!! What a hoot!...
If anything was put on earth to deceive us, it would be Akin, Broun and their ilk.
only in Georgia ...
i wish is was only in Georgia
sadly, it's not that localized. as a trained medical professional he knows better. he's pandering to the lowest common denominator. if he truly believed in that crap he'd have you bathe in the river to cure leprosy and pray away the disease. he knows better and he's preying on the weak minded for votes.
i am so glad that these articles are on the internet... thanks you republicans you are doing good job making our country look dumber and dumber everyday. i can not wait till have Romney as our president then maybe we, as a country, all make it to kolob
I think we're generically modified organisms – some more than others. It's evolution with a twist ( of lime, lemon, fate ...)
The congressman's statement is from the " pit of stupidity"
Reality denial syndrome.
Paul Broun is a joke. Sorry, he is a LOSER! He has no proof and his claims of being a scientist is a shame. You can earn the degree and guess what.....still be a FOOL. The proof is Paul Broun. Congratulations....IDIOT!! Do they come out any dumber than that.
There is not a single believer with proof for any of their beliefs...
America is full of morons.
its sad but yes there are a lot of them
It WOULD seem that about half of this country are morons. Sad.
In Georgia it is easy to identify a lot of the m0r0ns, they have Broun bumper stickers on their vehicles, Broun signs in their windows and on their lawns and they wear Broun buttons and attend Broun rallies.
God made great men like this congress man. Satin created liberals and science is the decever.
Lord deliver us from evil on 2012 and elect Mitt and president of the usa!
Please take your meds!
you know that thing you are using right now called a computer? you should thank scientists.
oh don't for get medicine, electricity, cars, and flight all thanks to science do you denounce them all or the thing don't fit into you small narrow ignorant mind?
Although I really like Satin, especially for my bedsheets, I'm pretty sure it did not create me.
You're ill. Seek help.
Satin is a fabric or a non-glossy paint finish ...
I totally agree. Satin is just awful stuff and I just can't sleep in any bed with sheets or covers made from that stuff. 100% cotton all the way.
I said Satin not saten!
Bobbert, I take the best parts of you fell out of the gene pool and went splat on floor. I dont have to forgive, it is truly your nature. Where are you from the KY? Do I hear a banjo. Secretly, you love your 1st cousins. lol. What....did you say sister?
For the spelling impaired, the correct spelling is Satan.
Everyone, please contact the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (http://science.house.gov/contact-us/email-us) and let them know you don't want Rep. Broun or Rep. Todd "Legitimate R'ape" Akin representing you on this committee.
Um... only 15% believe in atheistic evolution. Sheesh. Evolution is not just for atheists... it's for all thinking people. How anyone in this day and age can believe in the Bible's version is akin to believing the world is flat.
Yet ignorant Republicans will continue to vote for this ignorant Republican.
HOW did this guy get on the science, space and technology committee?
By hanging out in bathroom stalls on Capital Hill
Why don't you ask them?
Well, a majority of people in his riding elected him. Then, fitting in well with the beliefs of the GOP, he was promoted in that party. Then, the American people voted in a Party with beliefs from the 17th century, then he got on the Science committee. Then, America's status in the world fell further.
Maybe he was another Republican taking a "wide stance" in the airport bathroom stalls.
"Broun, a medical doctor by training, serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology."
Wow. Just. Wow.
Another insecure old white GOP guy – go figure. The whole thing is made up bro – god didn't write the bible – hell, christ didn't write the bible...everyone by paul were illiterate – so who even knows WHO wrote the damn thing and this guys is saying it governs how we vote. You know what – if there's any reason this country is going down, it's because of this type of moron.
Medical doctor by training?? Wonder if he tells his patients to just pray rather than take medicines!! AND he serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology !! Wow, help us God!
it guys like this that scare me.
The big question is – how do guys like this ever get elected, and how do they ever get into important positions? Weidoramma!
Lemme guess...Alabama...Alabama...Alabama...? No! It's Georgia! Close enough...
South = 3rd World Country within the USA
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