Science-Hating God-Botherer Paul Broun Up Against Zombie Charles Darwin For House Seat

Zombie Darwin

As an überconservative Republican and Christian Dominionist fundie, Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) is no fan of science. It makes him nervous. Evolution, embryology, the Big Bang … all that icky SCIENCE stuff, said Broun last month (to a rapt audience of Baptists), is a “lie straight from the pit of Hell” designed to erode Christians’ faith in Jesus Christ … probably because Broun’s an idiot who sincerely believes that the Earth is only 9,000 years old. You really have to wonder how this guy actually got a seat on the House SCIENCE, Space and Technology Committee. Scientists are definitely wondering about it, arguing that anyone who rejects widely-accepted scientific ideas should probably be on the I Eat Paste And Run With Scissors Committee instead.

Rep. Broun is actually a medical doctor, if you can believe it, and his district includes the University of Georgia in Athens, so there have to be some educated folks living there. You just wouldn’t know it from some of the ridiculous crud Broun has been yammering about to his fellow science-hating, Bible-clutching Baptist brethren.

Graphic created by Facebook group “Evidence of Harm By Religion”

WSBTV shares an article by the Associated Press’ Ray Henry which announced that Rep. Broun may be facing an unexpected challenger in November.

Neil Boortz — an abrasive, Libertarian-leaning, and popular (especially with conservatives) radio host based in Atlanta — is trying to rally Georgia voters to cast write-in votes against Broun, and Rep. Broun is going to be thrilled to find out who his new political opponent is: Charles Darwin! Yes, the Charles Darwin, the one who introduced his theory of evolution in 1859. Yes, the same Charles Darwin who has been dead for quite a long time. Perhaps people should specify “Zombie Charles Darwin” when casting their write-in votes.

Broun’s regressive Bible-based notions, says Boortz, ruin the GOP “brand” and make all Republicans “look like knee-dragging, still-tending, tobacco-spitting Neanderthals.”

Alas, the write-in campaign is doomed to fail simply because Broun has no Democratic opponent (WHY?!) in the November 6th election and because Georgia requires write-in candidates to register in September, and because Darwin is dead, but that’s OK.

Jim Leebens-Mack, a biologist at UGA, started the “Darwin For Congress” Facebook page in jest. Supporters of Darwin For Congress know that Broun is unlikely to lose the election (which means he will be re-elected for a FOURTH term), but they hope that their tongue-in-cheek campaign will encourage Republicans to remove Broun from his position on the House Science Committee, given that he hates it so much and, you know, also doesn’t “believe” in it.

The Biological Sciences Chairman at UGA, Mark Farmer, also believes Broun should resign from his committee seat or be forcibly removed: “If you truly don’t understand or accept the basic tenets of modern science, I find it difficult to see how you could be making basic judgments about science policy.” (Right on! Can we talk later about Rep. Todd Akin, who is on the same committee?)

Biologist Leebens-Mack concurs, arguing that he assumes that the Republicans would rather have “a serious legislator” on the House Science Committee rather than Paul Broun, who thinks Science is evil and scary and makes the Baby Jesus cry. Broun’s spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti has not responded to phone messages but has previously claimed that Broun’s comments at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia on September 27th were intended to be off-the-record statements of personal religious belief.

Yeah, we figured that much out on our own, thanks.

Bill Nye, The Science Guy, on Rep. Paul Broun’s science denialism


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