U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's view that the theories of evolution and the big bang are "lies straight from the pit of Hell" is getting more exposure than he might have expected, thanks to a video that was made at a church-sponsored banquet in Georgia and distributed by a progressive political watchdog group.
The Georgia Republican is already well-known as an outspoken conservative Christian, due in part to his unsuccessful campaign to have 2010 declared "the Year of the Bible." But the latest comments have taken on an extra dab of controversy because Broun, a medical doctor, calls himself a scientist in the video and chairs the House Science Committee's panel on investigations and oversight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … ikEWuBrkHc
It's scary he is chairing a committee; however, our democracy never claimed it would ensure that idiots would be kept out of government. It only posits that the population will be well represented. The question is: is he representing his population?
Let them be? I guess that strategy is how we should treat racists and homophobes also. Being filled to the brim with untruths must be combated in the realm of ideas, and we cannot simply hope that attrition wins the day.
Public relations campaigns, public debates, and books should/are written about this topic.
This is a weakness of democracy though, that there is nothing that can be done without changing people's hearts and minds.
You do realize that Darwin first studied to be a doctor, right? Or was it his training as a naturalist or geologist that makes him qualified (in your opinion) to have studied and written about the theory of evolution?
I didn't say the doctor was unqualified based on any other aspect of his training, just based on him being a physician. Why do you always erect straw man arguments? He could have studied outside of being an M.D., and have valid criticisms of evolution, but it's unlikely.
Most religious folk tend to do that though, and that's why the scientific community looks upon their "criticisms" of evolution with such disdain. I'm no longer surprised when anti-intellectualism is touted as a virtue.
I wasn't replying to you, Okie. I was asking a question to Stacie; as I have proven with you before, your inability to read and discuss issues in a forum setting is piss-poor. Go have fun with your straw man somewhere else.
This stale, paranoid, mentally lazy throwback is allowed to sit on the House Science Committee's panel on investigations and oversight?! When is this madness ever going to end? Sometimes I think we'll never get past the Scopes monkey trial and pre-WWII fundamentalist mind sets - and we won't as long as we accept these people in positions of responsibility.
@Healthy Pursuits-Unfortunately this is going to be a long process especially in the bible belt states where education rates at the bottom of the pile and there's practaclly one church for everty 10 people.
Peer review only determines a paper's worthiness to be published; it has nothing to do with measuring the validity of the paper's content. Additionally, a new study - and most likely peer-reviewed article, for what its worth - indicates high levels of fraud in retracted papers. In short, peer review is not some panacea for your argument, though it might sound good.
The scary part of all this is the position Houn holds: chair of a House Science Committee. If this is representative government in action, no wonder Plato placed democracy down the list of preferred forms of social control. Not to worry, Doc. The naysayers are like autumn's leaves. The flare up briefly then fall into Nature's compost heap.
Oh, sure, there are Democrats in Georgia. Even in the Georgia Congressional delegation. About 40-45% of the population votes Democrat, IIRC.
As to booting Congressman Broun, if it were up to me it would have happened already. I don't mind his religion per se, but we don't need legislators who are not in good touch with scientific realities. This world is what it is, not what it was thought to be in ancient Judea--though Heaven may be another story.
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