Congressional Science Head Says Bible His Handbook For Public Policy

"Six days", says Congressman Paul C. Broun, referring to how many days he believes it took God to make the Earth (and the Universe). Amongst his other disturbing claims, is Broun's assertion that he was allowed a medical degree, and then served as a Navy doctor, before being installed as master of science policy in the United States House of Representatives.
Explicitly stating what has been obvious about Republican policy-making for many years, US Congressman Paul C. Broun, Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has been caught in a video admitting:

"[The Bible] teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. 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, DC."

Broun gives an example of how the Bible, or Broun's understanding of it, directs his public policy decisions regarding science:

"I've come to understand that all that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and 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 taught that, from understanding that they need a savior."

Again, this is not some lunatic preacher, blathering about the evils of science in some Southern backwater church. This is the person in charge of oversight for science, space, and technology for the United States House of Representatives.

While Broun does not clearly state his reliance on the Bible as what he calls "the manufacturer's handbook" regarding science, he does include a section on his Congressional website that refers to "Broun's Four-Way Test" for "every piece of legislation". Broun's first test of a bill is whether, in Broun's words, it is "right" or "moral", i.e., whether it is consistent with the teachings of the Bible.

It seems amazing, in the year 2012, that is is necessary to explain to people just how crazy Broun's ideas really are.

In fact, the enemies of the United States could not have designed a more destructive weapon to hurt the national security of the nation than putting a manifestly insane peabrain like Paul C. Broun in charge of science and technology policy oversight.

Allegedly, instead of Qaeda or the Taliban, we have the voters of the 10th Congressional District in the state of Georgia (the state in the former Confederacy, not the place in the former Soviet Union where Joseph Stalin was born), to thank for this catastrophe. Voters whose decision-making is apparently still rooted in a desire to get even for Sherman's March, should be permanently disenfranchised. Oddly, in the center of the 10th Congressional District lies Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia. This is the best the educated district can produce in Georgia?

And, while the Constitution tells us "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States", it says nothing about requiring a scientific test, especially for a position of national public trust legislating science and technology policy.

Of course, it isn't just science and technology policy—Broun's subcommittee includes "space" in its concerns, and about that we should consider the following items of cosmological and geological understanding expressed by Broun in his video statements:

"You see, there are a lot of scientific data, that I found out as a scientist, that actually showed that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the Earth is but about 9000 years old. I believe it was created in 6 days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."

Now, many religionists actually consider science a competing religious faith. As you can see by his comments, Congressman Broun believes science is a pack of lies concocted by Satan to mislead people about God's word. If Broun were a standup comedian or a caricature of some idiotic prosecutor of the Catholic Inquisition, we might briefly smile at his buffoonery and pass on to seemingly more important business. 

But Broun is in a position of authority, the very mission of which is severely threatened by his stated beliefs. He cannot, given those beliefs, responsibly and safely oversee and legislate science policy in the USA. He must, at the least, be removed from that position, and preferably from the United States Congress. Contact your representatives and press for this action. Further, discuss this matter, and how it reflects so negatively, and dangerously so, on the values held as important by the Republican Party and its base. The latter are a dire threat to progress in the USA.

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  1. Just got through signing this petition to REMOVE Mr. Broun from the above-mentioned committee:

    https://www.change.org/petitions/house-science-committee-remove-rep-paul-broun?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=17173845

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