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. Shouldn’t Maurizio be along any second to insist we’re all a bunch of jerks and it’s actually making the problem worse pointing this guy’s inanity out?

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    Did it seem like there was a lot of deer in the choir section? And some sheep in the pews, from the sounds of it. Those guys are celebrating the 2nd coming a little early.

    • andrewfez Says:

      I think this guy should do all his speeches amidst the backdrop of densely mounted stags. The effect works well with the notions of his rhetoric.

      • ubrew12 Says:

        I’d love to see a spoof of this, where someone gives essentially the same rant in front of a wall filled with mounted people. (to better indicate where this kind of thinking is leading)

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