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Dr. Paul Broun, a Republican congressman representing Georgia's 10th district and chairman of the United States House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, spoke at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet on September 27, 2012, in Hartwell, Georgia. Also a medical doctor by trade, Broun made clear just how substantial an impact the bible has in his everyday decision-making:
"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."
A hardcore biblical literalist on the House Science Committee should come as no surprise though, considering another prominent member of the committee is Rep.Todd Akin, but it's still beyond embarrassing for our nation.
I am a bit surprised now that we're not being forced to celebrate a "National Flat Earth Day," or something of that sort.