GOP Doctor Says Evolution is a Lie “From the Pit of Hell” (Video)

Yet another Republican congressman who, along with Missouri’s Representative Todd Akin, is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has made a statement that should make us allwonder about the state of science in the US. Georgia Representative Paul Broun, who is running unopposed for his seat in November and is a medical doctor, has said that evolution, the Big Bang Theory and embryology are all “lies from the pit of hell.”

Yes, he said that and there is video proof.

Broun made his remarks while speaking at the 2012 Sportsmanís Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia, says the Athens Banner-Herald. A video of Broun’s entire speech was posted last Thursday, October 4, on the church’s website; there is also a video with a shortened version of his speech. Here’s what Broun said:

ďGodís word is true. Iíve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the big bang theory; all of that is lies straight from the pit of hell.”

ďAnd itís lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, thereís a lot of scientific data that Iíve found as a scientist that this really is a young earth. I donít believe that the earth is but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was made in six days as we know them. Thatís what the Bible tells us.Ē

In other words, a member of the House science committee publicly expressed fundamentalist Christian beliefs, including that the Bible is a guidebook to all aspects of life.

Broun also said in the full version of the video that God had inspired him to first run for Congress in 1990; he was first elected in 2007.

In an effort at damage control, Meredith Griffanti, a Washington, D.C., spokesperson for Broun, said that “Dr. Broun was speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues.” Writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jay Bookman emphasized that it is “important to stress that the setting for his remarks is religious in character rather than political.”

But as the Washington Post observed,

It seems unlikely that Brounís remarks were supposed to be kept private. The banquet was advertised, Broun spoke before an audience and the video of his remarks was posted on the churchís website.

Along with Akin’s comments about it being “really rare” for rape to result in a woman becoming pregnant, Broun’s statements serve to completely undermine the work of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. That Broun is a medical doctor only makes his statements seem more ludicrous and bring his scientific background into question.

In his “lies from the pit of hell” speech, Broun referred to his medical training in explaining how he obtained some of the animal head trophies in his Washington, D.C., office. Describing how a bear he shot in the chest kept running for fifteen minutes, Broun said the bear’s heart and lungs were “destroyed” when the dead animal was found: ďI can tell you as a medical doctor, in four minutes, your brain dies. How that bear did that, I donít know.Ē In another hunting story, Broun specifically said that God had directed a bullet to kill a lion who was about to jump into the back of a truck he was in.

The question we should be asking is how did Broun become a member of a House committee on science in the first place?

(Don’t get me started about how Akin ended up on it.)


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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for article.

Michael M.
Michael T6 years ago

Yes I note with irony how the christians have done that with enjoyment and glee throughout their history. They seem to have engaged in such behavior accounting for the deaths of some 25 million during OT times, with their behavior being turned on the by the Roman Empire for a couple hundred years, only for them in NT times to be responsible for the deaths of some 890 million in the name of their much vaunted imaginary god.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Ironic turn of events...the Christians will be feeding the heathen to the lions.

JACarlton Author
jill c6 years ago

The fundie surge toward government positions must be CRUSHED!

Religion and government MUST be maintained as SEPARATE for the GOOD OF ALL!

Erica B.
Erica B6 years ago

It is truly frightening to see the steady increase of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians being seated in our government. It's like going to sleep for 60 years, and rather than waking up in 2072, time spun backwards and the calendar reads 1952.

Beware everyone! If we don't eliminate these religious kooks when we vote, I can guarantee that in 20 years our country will have a theocratic government. Women will have no rights over their own bodies, schools will be teaching our children that Neanderthals are proof that original sin caused deformity, and the earth was created some 9,000 years ago.

Having Christian-educated bible-thumping morons like Tod Akin and Paul Broun helping to run our government, with a theocratic angle no less, makes me physically ill. I would write more, but I just gotta go throw up now...

Michael M.
Michael T6 years ago

So sorry Vince, to hear that you are.

Vince H.
Cindy H6 years ago

Glad I'm a Christian.

Valentina R.
Valentina R6 years ago

"Georgia Representative Paul Broun, who is running unopposed for his seat in November and is a medical doctor, has said that evolution, the Big Bang Theory and embryology are all “lies from the pit of hell.”"

I would laugh if this wasn't so worrisome.

Richard Zane Smith
Richard Smith6 years ago

I'd give Sarah the benefit of the doubt. When i was evangelical i heard such things all the time. But as evangelicals we are trained into submission.We're taught that doubt is like a rudderless ship, displeasing to God. We'd feel guilty to check out a pastors story! It seemed wrong to doubt someone who with passion in their preaching obviously "loved God" so much.
To disentangle from such a system is for some of us, very painful as it is eyeopening.
Lets just try to encourage people to check their "facts". Modern myths are rampant. Someone sent me one yesterday. it seemed suspicious and after looking into it... well, yep, it was another cybermyth - no truth base.