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.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Evan

    Reading about this has reaffirmed to me that I need more coffee before facing the day

  • ggsillars
  • Rain

    “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.”

    Wow, I bet the other scientists are really embarrassed about the scientific data they missed. Just kidding. They missed it on purpose so that nobody finds out they need a savior. We need more scientists like Paul Broun. He is not afraid to look at the data.

    • Gus Snarp

      Paul Broun is not a scientist. He never has been. When he claims to be one, as in that sentence, he is lying. Don’t Christians believe lying is a sin?

      • busterggi

        Only when non-Christians do it.

      • Rain

        That’s an interesting question. Can Christians who don’t believe lying is a sin be Christians? What constitutes a true Christian™? We know that most politicians are con artists and panderers. Also most politicians are Christians. But are they true™ Christians. Who the hell knows. It just goes to show the absurdity of the whole thing I guess.

    • Jinx

      Broun was a doctor, not a scientist.

      He is obviously deluded about both the nature of his former occupation and the past 200 years of scientific research.

      • pagansister

        If he was a doctor—MD? I’d be afraid to go to him for a hangnail—he’d probably tell me to pray it away!

    • Haha USA

      Oh. The “other scientists” have looked at the data. They just don’t find it very convincing. You’d think that if “a saviour” was remotely worthwhile discovering then they’d want to know about it.

      But an imaginary saviour that’s here to save us from an imaginary hell isn’t really on a geek’s list of cool things to think about. So they kinda ignore it.

  • CJ

    “But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society.”

    That is the scary part for me.

    • RobertoTheChi

      That was the scariest part for me too.

  • busterggi

    “He belongs in front of a church.”

    Specifically a 16th century one.

    • pagansister

      He belongs UNDER the floor, in the front of the church.

  • Haha USA

    Haha USA… The reason why the rest of the world laughs at you and considers you a developing country is not because you have people like this standing for public office.

    Not even because you have sooooo many numb-skulls like this running for public office.

    But because you have so many numb-skulls like this in the general public who will vote for them and actually elect them into office.

    It’s not good enough to point a finger back and say oh Europe-this-or-that while your country is filled with festering morons and you still proclaim that you are the greatest.

    You do suck admirably though.

    • baal

      @ haha USA, Have you considered that your comments today don’t speak well of you and bear striking resemblance to a species known as “trolls”?

      • meekinheritance

        Devil’s Advocate

      • Haha USA

        The fact that I get a few up-votes for my somewhat mocking but nonetheless well justified statements goes to show that your definition of “troll” is based mostly on whether or not you agree with my point of view.

        You cannot hide from the fact that Obama won by a very small margin which means that close to half of Haha USA voted Republican. This makes your country glow with ignorance, stupidity and disingenuousness.

        Why do so manny kooks like Paul Broun have a voice in Haha USA? Well, because there are so many listening ears…

        • Miss_Beara

          Americans love to vote against their own self interest and they tend to vote for the candidate who loves god the most and is aginst dat thar eevil syence devul werds ‘nd thut thar eevil geys ‘nd wumen hoo theenk dey haf rites two mahridge ‘nd der oon bodees.

          Oh, and a lot of them have been fooled to believe that Obama is a Muslim Atheist Socialist Fascist Communist Nazi.

          • http://www.facebook.com/brutus.lincoln.paine Brutus Lincoln Paine

            Whatever. Obama isn’t in the same universe as atheist, cynic, or free-thinker and his trillions in extended war and drone bombing civilians abroad – while he preaches “collective salvation” at home – could be much better spent on science as just an initial matter. Where are America’s particle colliders, fusion reactors, space stations, you name it? Nowhere to be found. Both sides suck is the “reality” of the matter and any notion America should be in half as bad shape as what it is preposterous; it’s taken a concerted effort from politicians on both sides for decades and, most recently, 120 million eyeball deep in Kool-Aid and sheep dip. Obama will cut nearly 20 billion in science this year while the only margins going up on durable goods are for military aircraft. Paul Broun might as well be the Secretary of drone bombing civilians in Yemen while he plays footsie with Saudi Arabia; and if he was it wouldn’t change a thing.

      • Peasles

        Ugh, don’t feed the trolls.

    • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

      Glad you got that off your chest. You done acting like an idiotic little child now?

    • Sindigo

      Could you grind your axe elsewhere; you’re giving Europeans a bad name. It’s not like Europe doesn’t have plenty of problems of its own. Problems we are doing nothing to help solve when we waste our time ranting and raving about a perceived superiority to people whose side we are supposed to be on.

  • Miss_Beara

    If he is a scientist then I am a Victoria’s Secret model.

    • Pepe

      You actually have a much better chance of being a Victoria’s Secret model than him ever being a scientist. Ever.

  • Bdole

    “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.”
    He seems to be standing in some kind of deer hell. Maybe that’s the hell he’s talking about. What a dumb buck.

  • http://twitter.com/ThyBountyHunter Chris McDermott

    So as a Senator will he then bring in stoning to death rebellious children, treating criminals with violence or that woman should be quiet and serve their husbands. How about if a wife is not a virgin then she too should be killed. Not a person that I would want in that position.

  • Indigo Fremont

    Dear FSM, please don’t let this idiot win.

  • anniewhoo

    What’s Mike Smith up to these days? It seems that there are a bunch of republicans chomping at the bit to run, but no democrats.

  • Mario Strada

    I think he belongs in the basement of a church. Not in front of it. What we call “Catacombs” where I come from.

  • Verandaguy

    Placing people with ignorance of this magnitude in positions of power could actually be dangerous. There should be laws restricting access to power for people who deliberately bash evidence-based facts, and perpetuate the mass brainwashing of the masses through 2000-plus-year-old books with no reliable sources whatsoever.

  • Antinomian

    The gravity well created by his five-head is a few particles short of collapsing into a singularity.

  • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

    …and Georgia gets to take another IQ test. Let’s see how that shakes out.

    • pagansister

      This time Alabama gets a break—–

  • Greg G.

    He, as a doctor, anointed a doorway with holy water? He’s a witch doctor. He would probably be less harmful in the Senate than in a medical practice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=574401415 Denis Freeland

    There are so many smart people in the US …… if only some (more) of them would get involved in running for office.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Alderman/149805178 Ashley Alderman

      All too smart to get involved in politics. Ironic, isn’t it? lol

  • ImRike

    The poor guy! Obviously, running for a government post is the only job he is qualified for. It seems the House and Senate are now a catch-all for those that can’t find a job anywhere else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Alderman/149805178 Ashley Alderman

    And after this grand speech about the lies of evolution and the Earth being 9,000 years old, he merrily drove himself home..
    using his vehicle…
    powered by fossil fuels..
    that are millions of years old.
    -_-

  • http://twitter.com/darkmooncrisis Rafael Cruz
  • http://twitter.com/darkmooncrisis Rafael Cruz

    lololol!
    Citizens of Georgia, if you elect this moron to the senate you deserve
    nothing but the unrestrained disdain of the American people. I will lose
    ALL respect for you. AND… may God have mercy on your wretched,
    ignorant, inbred souls ROFL.

  • rustygh

    Judge if you must, but I believe Saki said best what I believe about this man.
    “He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.”
    ― Saki

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20703981 David DeMedicis

    Maybe he’ll ban evolution, not the teaching of it, but evolution itself. If you have an intellectually superior baby, you go to jail.

  • mycroftmoon

    Sigh…it is no wonder why the rest of the world finds America so backward…


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