Congressman Who Said Evolution and the Big Bang Were ‘Lies Straight from the Pit of Hell’ to Run for Senate

Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) is making a big announcement today:

Georgia GOP Rep. Paul Broun is expected to announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Broun has an awful reputation with those of us in the reality-based community.

He once told folks at Liberty Baptist Church that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang were “lies straight from the pit of Hell”:

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.

And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s 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.

Back in 2009, Broun also anointed with holy water the doorway then-President-Elect Obama would walk through on his way to get inaugurated.

This man doesn’t deserve a spot in the Senate. He doesn’t deserve to be in elected office, period. He sure as hell doesn’t deserve his spot on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He thinks evidence and reason are four-letter words.

He belongs in front of a church.

Which may, unfortunately, be the reason he has a strong chance of getting elected to the Senate.

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