Congressional Climate Denier: “I don’t believe but the Earth’s about 9000 years old”

October 7, 2012

Talking Points Memo:

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last month.

“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,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Broun — a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry — is generally considered to be among the most conservative members of Congress, if not the most. He drew national attention in 2010 for saying he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen.

Anyone care to check if Rep. Broun is one of the “scientists” that signed the “Oregon Petition” supposedly debunking climate change? Free prize to anyone who tracks that one down.

Rep. Broun sets out his scientific views on climate below.

22 Responses to “Congressional Climate Denier: “I don’t believe but the Earth’s about 9000 years old””

  1. rayduray Says:

    Dr. Broun is a signer:

    http://www.petitionproject.org/signers_by_last_name.php?run=B

    More:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Broun

    The guy is hopeless. His internship in Portland, OR should have cured him of cranialrectalitis.

  2. mrsircharles Says:

    What’s the difference between those guys and some radical Islamic fundamentalists?

    None, but the name of their religion and some different fairy tales in their story-book.

    It’s appalling that such medieval thinking is still happening in the 21st century, in a so-called modern country. And it’s utterly dangerous when representatives with such a thinking are gaining power!

    As a European I’m really shocked by such asininity of those individuals propagating lies and myths, exchanging empirical knowledge and science for faith and myths.

    Oh dear!

    • rayduray Says:

      Re: “What’s the difference between those guys and some radical Islamic fundamentalists?”

      The Islamists are designated targets and the U.S. religious Right are self-designated crusaders.

      • mrsircharles Says:

        “Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here
        Too many people have lied in the name of Christ
        For anyone to heed the call
        So many people have died in the name of Christ
        That I can’t believe it all.”


  3. Although the church group has dis-remembered their science, they’ve evidently learned how to cook a great venison stew.

    He did sign OIS petition. A beer will do. 🙂

    Search “Paul C. Broun” on

    http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p334.htm


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  5. uknowispeaksense Says:

    I don’t think his B.S stands for Bachelor of Science.


  6. Way back in my college days, I remember talking to my p-chem prof after class. The subject of pre-meds came up (I don’t remember why) — I told the prof that I wasn’t a pre-med student. I remember seeing him smile and hearing him say, “I’m glad to hear that!”.

    He was not very fond of “wanting an A with minimum effort” pre-meds.

  7. Peter Mizla Says:

    That nearly 40% of Americans believe this kind of hokum is the reason we will not be able to prevent disastrous climate change. In fact Doctor- its too late now thanks to people like you.


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  9. Dennis Cox Says:

    I’m thinkin’ the good doctor is clearly in need of a rectal craneotomy.


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