Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is a medical doctor, describes himself as a scientist, and sits on the House Science and Technology Committee's panel on investigations and oversight. He's also a Young Earth Creationist who believes our planet is only 9,000 years old and thinks evolution was created to keep people from becoming Christians.
Paul Broun, 2012
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These beliefs were expressed at the 2012 Sportsman's Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church, in Hartwell, Georgia and there's no question about misinterpretations or nuance. He was quite clear in what he believes and this should make it just as clear to everyone else the quality of the minds they get when they elect conservative Republicans to represent them in the government.
Of course, when he said these things he was applauded because these beliefs are rather popular among Americans, or at least the Americans who are impressed enough by the minds of conservative Republicans to keep electing those Republicans to represent them in government.
"God's word is true. I've come to understand that. 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. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.
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. 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.
What I've come to learn is that [the Bible is] the manufacturer's handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And 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."
Source: The Daily Dolt
Although it's unusual to see anyone outside the clergy or the Creationism Industry express such beliefs so directly, these ideas really aren't all that uncommon in America. Nearly half of all Americans deny evolution and basic science and admit to believing that the earth was formed at some point in the last 6,000 years ago. This belief is even more popular among Republicans than among Democrats and Independents.
The fact that Paul Broun allows for the earth to be 9,000 years old almost makes him progressive. Of course Paul Broun won't pay any kind of political price for comments like these. Not only are they popular among his constituents, but he doesn't even have a Democratic challenger in his re-election race this year.